from The American Heritage® 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
My lady amanuensis, who at one time was a member of the sisterhood at Clewer, has been spending part of her summer there again, and returns to me with a new semi (if semi) Catholic badge round her neck – a blue ribbon with a St. Andrew's cross suspended to it – the insignia of a new sisterhood, whose special raison d'etre (as far as she would make it known to me) was that its members were to be kind to one another.
I probably wouldn’t have thought any more about that scrap of dialogue except now, three weeks later, a small, balding, fiftyish specimen with brown-rimmed glasses and a sportcoat that could have won a blue ribbon in a quilting contest perched on the red leather chair in the office and stubbornly repeated the statement that had persuaded me to see him in the first place.
James Gordon Bennett, who saw her at the opera, describes her as 'a fair-haired little girl, dressed with great simplicity in white muslin, with hair plain, a blue ribbon at the back ....
He rode past the construction camp, and stopped for a time to watch men with stout plows farrow the raw prairie; he joked with other men who, with wheeled scrapers, were piling the dirt in ridges, and shouted greetings to the track-layers who were putting down on the packed earth-ridge black, creosoted cross-ties and spiking new rails; he rode close to the dingy work-train, where the locomotive's stack was sending up lazy puffs of smoke, and a thin blue ribbon from the cook car's stovepipe rose into the clear air.
Next day we made a Union Jack out of pocket-handkerchiefs and part of a red flannel petticoat of the White Mouse's, which she did not want just then, and some blue ribbon we got at the village shop.
A white-haired man wearing a blue ribbon labeled "Oldest" ventured to say, "When I started comin" to these shindigs, there was always a lineup at the outhouse, or the Cousin John as they used to call it.
She'd won a blue ribbon for running the fifty-yard dash in ten seconds flat.
Among the mementos were a buffalo nickel and a Lincoln-head penny; a tiny locket; a blue ribbon won at a county fair for home canning; a thin ring set with a few garnets, one missing; a bit of ivory that could be nothing but a baby tooth, probably that of her firstborn.