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

  • n. A ribbon, especially one used as a decoration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ribbon

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See ribbon.
  • n. See rib-band.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or archaic form of ribbon.

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

  • n. a ribbon used as a decoration


Middle English, variant of riban; see ribbon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Hardly had they got below, before away went the fore topmast staysail, blown to ribands.

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    September 9, 2008