Definitions

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

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  • noun an honor or award gained for excellence

Etymologies

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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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