What does cordon mean?

Definitions for cordon
ˈkɔr dncor·don

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cordonnoun

    a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing

  2. cordonnoun

    cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank

  3. cordonnoun

    adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord


  1. cordonnoun

    A ribbon normally worn diagonally across the chest as a decoration or insignia of rank etc.

  2. cordonnoun

    A line of people or things placed around an area to enclose or protect it.

  3. cordonnoun

    The arc of fielders on the off side, behind the batsman - the slips and gully.

  4. cordonnoun

    (botany) A woody plant, such as a fruit tree, pruned and trained to grow as a single stem on a support.

  5. cordonverb

    To form a cordon around an area in order to prevent movement in or out.

  6. Etymology: From cordon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CORDONnoun

    In fortification, a row of stones jutting out before the rampart and the basis of the parapet. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: Fr.


  1. cordon

    A cordon is a line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing unauthorized people from approaching or leaving a particular place or area. It can also refer to a barrier or ornamental strip in architecture or a method of training fruit trees and shrubs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cordonnoun

    a cord or ribbon bestowed or borne as a badge of honor; a broad ribbon, usually worn after the manner of a baldric, constituting a mark of a very high grade in an honorary order. Cf. Grand cordon

  2. Cordonnoun

    the cord worn by a Franciscan friar

  3. Cordonnoun

    the coping of the scarp wall, which projects beyong the face of the wall a few inches

  4. Cordonnoun

    a line or series of sentinels, or of military posts, inclosing or guarding any place or thing

  5. Cordonnoun

    a rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a mantle in some costumes of state

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. corde. See Cord.]


  1. Cordon

    Cordon is a municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it had a population of 38,139 people in 7,367 households. It is bounded by Santiago City to the north and west, Quirino Province to the South, and Nueva Viscaya to the east. Being the town nearest to Santiago City Proper, it became a favored destination for local businessmen. It houses the better resorts and hotels in Southern Isabela such as Punta Amelita and Villa Diana.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cordon

    kor′don, n. a cord or ribbon bestowed as a badge of honour: (fort.) a row of stones along the line of a rampart: in military operations, a line of sentries within sight of each other, guarding a place to prevent the passage of unauthorised persons.—Cordon bleu, originally the blue ribbon which in France supported the insignia of the order of the Holy Ghost—transferred to other first-class distinctions, and playfully to a first-class cook; Cordon sanitaire, a line of sentries to guard a place infected with contagious disease. [Fr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cordon

    In fortification, the horizontal moulding of masonry along the top of the true escarp. Also, sometimes used for lines of circumvallation or blockade, or any connected chain of troops or even sentries. Also, the riband of an order of knighthood or honour, and hence used by the French as signifying a member thereof, as Cordon bleu, Knight of the order of the Holy Ghost, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cordon

    In military operations, is a line of sentries inclosing or guarding any particular space of ground, to prevent the passage of persons other than those belonging to the army. The word also applies in fortifications to a row of stones made round on the outside, and placed between the termination of the slope of the wall, so as not to be offensive to the eye.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cordon is ranked #10931 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cordon surname appeared 2,912 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cordon.

    61.8% or 1,801 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    27.1% or 790 total occurrences were White.
    7.2% or 212 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 75 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 29 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.1% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cordon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cordon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cordon in a Sentence

  1. Eugene Volokh:

    On government property, even in an airport outside the security cordon, bans on leafleting and other' low footprint' speech would be unconstitutional.

  2. Yuriy Glodan:

    We crossed over the police cordon, and made it up to the fourth floor, where my apartment was, when I got there, it was hard to figure out what I was looking at, a room... water had poured out everywhere. There was fire, smoke, torn pieces of metal all around. All the appliances looked like crumpled aluminum foil.

  3. Akhilesh Yadav:

    When someone can be killed in firing openly amidst the security cordon of the police, then what about the safety of the general public.

  4. Christophe Mercier:

    This is the first time that insects have been granted access to the Cordon Bleu.

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