from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An award made from a blue ribbon given to a competitor who finishes in first place.
- noun An award or honor given for excellence.
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- noun The highest
honoror prizeawarded in some competitionsand contests.
- noun A badge worn or
displayedto advocate freedomfrom online censorship.
Verysuperior in quality, style, or substance.
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- noun an honor or award gained for excellence
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Perhaps a calque translation of Middle French cordon bleu ("blue ribbon") worn by knights of the highest order of chivalry or after Blue Riband, a sailing award.
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