What does Ribbon mean?

Definitions for Ribbon
ˈrɪb ənRib·bon

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Ribbon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ribbon, thread(noun)

    any long object resembling a thin line

    "a mere ribbon of land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"

  2. decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbon(noun)

    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

  3. ribbon, typewriter ribbon(noun)

    a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter

  4. ribbon(noun)

    notion consisting of a narrow strip of fine material used for trimming


  1. ribbon(Noun)

    A long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing or the hair or gift wrapping.

  2. ribbon(Noun)

    An inked strip of material against which type is pressed to print letters in a typewriter or printer.

  3. ribbon(Noun)

    A toolbar that incorporates tabs and menus.

  4. ribbon(Noun)

    In ice cream and similar confections, an ingredient (often chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or fudge) added in a long narrow strip.

  5. ribbon(Verb)

    To decorate with ribbon.

  6. Origin: From riban (French: ruban).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ribbon(noun)

    a fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges, and other decorative purposes

  2. Ribbon(noun)

    a narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon; sails torn to ribbons

  3. Ribbon(noun)

    same as Rib-band

  4. Ribbon(noun)

    driving reins

  5. Ribbon(noun)

    a bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide

  6. Ribbon(noun)

    a silver

  7. Ribbon(verb)

    to adorn with, or as with, ribbons; to mark with stripes resembling ribbons

  8. Origin: [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.]


  1. Ribbon

    A ribbon or riband is a thin band of material, typically cloth but also plastic or sometimes metal, used primarily as decorative binding and tying. Cloth ribbons are made of natural materials such as silk, velvet, cotton, and jute and of synthetic materials, such as polyester, nylon and polyproylene. Ribbon is used for innumerable useful, ornamental and symbolic purposes. Cultures around the world use ribbon in their hair, around the body, and as ornamentation on animals, buildings, and packaging. Some popular fabrics used to make ribbons are satin, organza, sheer, silk, velvet and grosgrain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ribbon

    rib′on, n. a fillet or strip of silk: a narrow strip: (pl.) reins for driving: a shred: a watch-spring: an endless saw: (her.) a bearing considered usually as one of the subordinaries: (naut.) a painted moulding on the side of a ship—also Rib′and, Ribb′and.—adj. made of ribbon: having bands of different colours.—v.t. to adorn with ribbons: to stripe: to streak.—ns. Ribb′on-brake, a brake having a band which nearly surrounds the wheel whose motion is to be checked; Ribb′on-fish, a long, slender, compressed fish, like a ribbon; Ribb′on-grass, a variety of striped canary-grass: Lady's Garter; Ribb′onism, a system of secret associations among the lower classes in Ireland, at its greatest height from about 1835 to 1855—from the green badge worn; Ribb′onman, a member of a Ribbon society; Ribb′on-map, a map printed on a long strip which winds on an axis within a case; Ribb′on-seal, a North Pacific seal, banded and striped; Ribb′on-snake, a harmless striped snake abundant in the United States; Ribb′on-stamp, a simple form of printing-press for transferring colours to paper; Ribb′on-wave, a common geometrid moth; Ribb′on-weed, a seaweed whose frond has a long, flat blade; Ribb′on-wire, a strong tape with wire threads for strengthening garments; Ribb′on-worm, tapeworm.—Blue Ribbon, the ribbon of the Order of the Garter: anything which marks the attainment of some ambition, also the object itself: the badge adopted by a teetotal society; Red Ribbon, the ribbon of the Order of the Bath. [O. Fr. riban (Fr. ruban), perh. Celt.; cf. Ir. ribin, Gael. ribean. Diez suggests Dut. ring-band, necktie, collar.]


  1. Ribbon

    Ribbon enables merchants to easily accept payments online and make an intuitive checkout experience for customers. Create a beautiful one-page checkout, sell in-stream on Facebook or embed payments onto a website or blog.If you can copy/paste, you can sell on any platform with Ribbon.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ribbon

    In heraldry, a diminutive of the ordinary called the bend, of which it is one-eighth in width.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ribbon' in Nouns Frequency: #3021

How to pronounce Ribbon?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ribbon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ribbon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Ribbon in a Sentence

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    Men will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

  2. Robert Benchley:

    The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.

  3. Player Council Djokovic:

    I saw Roger today, we were in the opening ceremony cutting the ribbon on center court, we had a small chat there was no time to talk about the political stuff.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I thought the host was Amy Schumer; I totally blew it. But since it's you, we're lowering our contest fee to $1, and I'll enter yours with a donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

  5. Mark Feldstein:

    It varies widely. Some appoint outside independent blue-ribbon commissions to investigate and issue a public report, others investigate internally with or without a public report and some clam up entirely.

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