Definition of “ribbon” - English Dictionary

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“ribbon” in British English

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ribbonnoun

uk /ˈrɪb.ən/ us /ˈrɪb.ən/

C2 [ C or U ] a long, narrow strip of material used to tie things together or as a decoration:

Sandra often wears a ribbon in her hair.
He tied up the present with ribbon.
a ribbon of sth literary

a long, narrow piece of something:

A ribbon of road stretched ahead of us across the desert.

[ C ] a small piece of coloured material given to someone in the armed forces to show approval and admiration for their brave actions

[ C ] the narrow strip of material that contains the ink for a typewriter:

My typewriter needs a new ribbon.

More examples

  • A pink ribbon had been tied around the crown of the hat.
  • She shook her hair loose from its ribbon.
  • They bound the packages with brightly coloured ribbon.
  • She tied the ribbon tightly in a bow.
  • She wrapped the present and tied it with ribbon.

(Definition of “ribbon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“ribbon” in American English

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ribbonnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈrɪb·ən/

a long, narrow strip of material used to tie things together or as a decoration:

[ U ] He tied the present with ribbon.
[ C ] fig. A ribbon of road stretched before us.

A ribbon is also the narrow strip of material that contains the ink for a typewriter or computer printer.

(Definition of “ribbon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)