- torn or ragged strips; shreds: clothes torn to ribbons.
- reins for driving.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- ribbentrop, joachim von,
- ribbon copy,
- ribbon development,
- ribbon lightning,
- ribbon microphone,
- ribbon plant
Origin of ribbon
Examples from the Web for ribbon
At various times, we had spoken about honors--Hitchcock had been awarded the Légion d'Honneur and wore a ribbon in his lapel.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
William and Harry were today cutting the ribbon on a new recovery centre for the charity Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.
The red AIDS ribbon subsequently became a unifying symbol for engagement and solidarity.Martha Plimpton on Women’s Rights, Sandra Fluke, and Organization A is For|Martha Plimpton|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The ribbon whooshes up and along walls before settling down, here and there, into something you can sit on.Vito Acconci Named Designer of the Year by Design Miami|Blake Gopnik|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And with a fine dose of ribbon embroidery and a bit of sparkle, grunge was dressed up enough for a grownup.
I was still so youthful that I felt uneasy about the ribbon which seemed to blaze and draw all eyes.My Recollections|Jules Massenet
He could get him into a corner, and quarrel with him privately about the cut of his beard, or the color of his ribbon.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
Lou blushed until her cheeks were as red as the ribbon on her hat.The Starbucks|Opie Percival Read
I hoped for a forgotten hairpin, for some tiny piece of ribbon.The Arrow of Gold|Joseph Conrad
She bent forward, arranging the ribbon of a slipper, and her mouth met his in a long kiss.Cytherea|Joseph Hergesheimer
Word Origin for ribbon
early 14c., ribane, from Old French riban "a ribbon," variant of ruban (13c.), of unknown origin, possibly from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to band (n.1); cf. Middle Dutch ringhband "necklace." Modern spelling is from mid-16c. Originally a stripe in a material. Custom of colored ribbon loops worn on lapels to declare support for some group perceived as suffering or oppressed began in 1991 with AIDS red ribbons.