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From Old French riban (French: ruban).


ribbon ‎(plural ribbons)

  1. A long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing or the hair or gift wrapping.
  2. An inked strip of material against which type is pressed to print letters in a typewriter or printer.
  3. A narrow strip or shred.
    a steel or magnesium ribbon
    sails torn to ribbons
  4. (shipbuilding) Alternative form of ribband
  5. (slang, dated, in the plural) Driving reins.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of London Athenaeum to this entry?)
  6. (heraldry) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide.
  7. (spinning) A sliver.
  8. (computing, graphical user interface) A toolbar that incorporates tabs and menus.
  9. (cooking) In ice cream and similar confections, an ingredient (often chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or fudge) added in a long narrow strip.


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ribbon ‎(third-person singular simple present ribbons, present participle ribboning, simple past and past participle ribboned)

  1. To decorate with ribbon.