American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A ribbon, especially one used as a decoration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete or archaic form of ribbon.
- n. ribbon
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a ribbon used as a decoration
- Middle English, variant of riban; see ribbon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I am inclined to think that the event will be that Lord H. will now remain longer than he before proposed, in order that he may not appear to be driven out by clamour, &c. Sir G. Yonge is to have the red riband, which is comical enough.”
“I think you are wrong, notwithstanding, Bluewater, in talking of refusing the riband, which is so justly your due, for a dozen different acts.”
“The Hertfordshire‑based rider emulated Michael Whitaker's success in last year's blue riband event by defeating a top‑class field packed with fellow Olympic contenders.”
“The other, mighty Whistler Mountain, which will hold the blue riband ski race events, is facing foreclosure and the likelihood that it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder as the Olympics are under way.”
“His quote is, of course, from that fine poem The Lost Leader in which Robert Browning decries Wordsworth's desertion of liberal causes and his selling-out to the Tory establishment and values "Just for a handful of silver he left us,/ Just for a riband to stick in his coat...”
“The scope of Wiggins's ambition is illustrated further by him now accepting that the twin peaks of the Tour and the Olympic time trial mean he will almost certainly be forced to relinquish another medal opportunity in the team pursuit – the blue riband event of the track.”
“This season he has three top-10 finishes and has earned €365,331, with a fifth place in May at Wentworth's PGA Championship, the European Tour's blue riband event, his best result since Turnberry.”
“The Gold Cup, the blue-riband race at U.K. horse-racing's Cheltenham Festival, features one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in its 86-year history Friday when Kauto Star and Denman renew hostilities.”
“• Sharp drop in betting and TV viewing for Epsom Classic • Bookmakers call for blue riband event to move to Friday”
“There were twenty or thirty at least, bundled up and tied with a riband of watered silk.”
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