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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An emblem, badge, or rosette made of blue ribbon that is awarded as the first prize in a competition.
  • n. An award or honor given for excellence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The highest honor or prize awarded in some competitions and contests.
  • n. A badge worn or displayed to advocate freedom from online censorship.
  • adj. Very superior in quality, style, or substance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total abstinence organizations, as of the Blue ribbon Army.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an honor or award gained for excellence

Etymologies

Perhaps a calque translation of Middle French cordon bleuĀ ("blue ribbon") worn by knights of the highest order of chivalry or after Blue Riband, a sailing award. (Wiktionary)

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