|Origin:||riband 'ribbon' (14-21 centuries), from Old French riban, ruban|
a narrow piece of attractive cloth that you use, for example, to tie your hair or hold things together [↪ bow]:
piece of cloth[uncountable and countable]
little girls with ribbons in their hair
a bundle of letters tied with pale blue ribbon
The ribbon was cut and the new station was officially open.
a piece of ribbon with a special pattern on it that you wear to show that you have received a military honour
a length of coloured ribbon, sometimes arranged in the form of a flat flower, that is given as a prize in a competition [= rosette British English]
prize[countable] American English
For the second time she won the blue ribbon (=first prize).
something that is long and narrow
something narrow[singular] writtenC
a winding ribbon of water
to be cut or torn in a lot of places:
Her legs were bruised and her feet were cut to ribbons.
a long narrow piece of cloth or plastic with ink on it that is used in a typewriter