ribbon

ribbon late 14c., ribane, from O.Fr. riban "a ribbon," variant of ruban (13c.), of unknown origin, possibly from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to BAND (Cf. band). Modern spelling is from mid-16c. 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.

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  • Ribbon — Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ribbon — [rib′ən] n. [ME riban < MFr riban, ruban < ? MDu ringband, collar < ring,RING2 + band, akin to BAND1] 1. a) a narrow strip of silk, rayon, velvet, etc. finished at the edges and of various widths, used for decoration, tying things, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • ribbon — ribbon, riband Ribbon was originally a variant of the older form riband (pronounced like ribbon with a d at the end) and is now overwhelmingly the dominant form. In general use riband is normally confined to heraldry and to sports prizes, notably …   Modern English usage

  • ribbon — ► NOUN 1) a long, narrow strip of fabric, used for tying something or for decoration. 2) a ribbon of a special colour or design awarded as a prize or worn to indicate the holding of an honour. 3) a long, narrow strip. 4) a narrow band of inked… …   English terms dictionary

  • Ribbon — Rib bon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ribboned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ribboning}.] To adorn with, or as with, ribbons; to mark with stripes resembling ribbons. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon —   [engl.], Farbband …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ribbon — fillet, band, *strip, stripe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ribbon — Originally the bands or borders of garments, known as early as Edward 111 s time. It was not until the 16th century that ribbons in the present sense were seen or heard of, and only in the 17th century that they acquired that hold on public… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Ribbon — В этой статье не хватает ссылок на источники информации. Информация должна быть проверяема, иначе она может быть поставлена под сомнение и удалена. Вы можете отредактировать эту стать …   Википедия

  • Ribbon — For other uses, see Ribbon (disambiguation). The personal coat of arms of the Princess of Asturias surrounded by the ribbon of the Spanish Order of Charles III …   Wikipedia

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