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A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Meaning of "ribbon" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RIBBON

Ryban, from Old French riban, apparently of Germanic origin; probably related to ring1, band².
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF RIBBON

ribbon  [ˈrɪbən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RIBBON

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ribbon is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ribbon in English.

WHAT DOES RIBBON MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ribbon

Ribbon

A ribbon or riband is a thin band of material, typically cloth but also plastic or sometimes metal, used primarily as decorative binding and tying. Cloth ribbons are made of natural materials such as silk, velvet, cotton, and jute and of synthetic materials, such as polyester, nylon and polyproylene. Ribbon is used for innumerable useful, ornamental and symbolic purposes. Cultures around the world use ribbon in their hair, around the body, and as ornamentation on animals, buildings, and packaging. Some popular fabrics used to make ribbons are satin, organza, sheer, silk, velvet and grosgrain.

Definition of ribbon in the English dictionary

The first definition of ribbon in the dictionary is a narrow strip of fine material, esp silk, used for trimming, tying, etc. Other definition of ribbon is something resembling a ribbon; a long strip. Ribbon is also a long thin flexible band of metal used as a graduated measure, spring, etc.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO RIBBON

PRESENT

Present
I ribbon
you ribbon
he/she/it ribbons
we ribbon
you ribbon
they ribbon
Present continuous
I am ribboning
you are ribboning
he/she/it is ribboning
we are ribboning
you are ribboning
they are ribboning
Present perfect
I have ribboned
you have ribboned
he/she/it has ribboned
we have ribboned
you have ribboned
they have ribboned
Present perfect continuous
I have been ribboning
you have been ribboning
he/she/it has been ribboning
we have been ribboning
you have been ribboning
they have been ribboning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I ribboned
you ribboned
he/she/it ribboned
we ribboned
you ribboned
they ribboned
Past continuous
I was ribboning
you were ribboning
he/she/it was ribboning
we were ribboning
you were ribboning
they were ribboning
Past perfect
I had ribboned
you had ribboned
he/she/it had ribboned
we had ribboned
you had ribboned
they had ribboned
Past perfect continuous
I had been ribboning
you had been ribboning
he/she/it had been ribboning
we had been ribboning
you had been ribboning
they had been ribboning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ribbon
you will ribbon
he/she/it will ribbon
we will ribbon
you will ribbon
they will ribbon
Future continuous
I will be ribboning
you will be ribboning
he/she/it will be ribboning
we will be ribboning
you will be ribboning
they will be ribboning
Future perfect
I will have ribboned
you will have ribboned
he/she/it will have ribboned
we will have ribboned
you will have ribboned
they will have ribboned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been ribboning
you will have been ribboning
he/she/it will have been ribboning
we will have been ribboning
you will have been ribboning
they will have been ribboning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ribbon
you would ribbon
he/she/it would ribbon
we would ribbon
you would ribbon
they would ribbon
Conditional continuous
I would be ribboning
you would be ribboning
he/she/it would be ribboning
we would be ribboning
you would be ribboning
they would be ribboning
Conditional perfect
I would have ribbon
you would have ribbon
he/she/it would have ribbon
we would have ribbon
you would have ribbon
they would have ribbon
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been ribboning
you would have been ribboning
he/she/it would have been ribboning
we would have been ribboning
you would have been ribboning
they would have been ribboning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ribbon
we let´s ribbon
you ribbon
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ribbon
Past participle
ribboned
Present Participle
ribboning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RIBBON


Alban
ˈɔːlbən
auburn
ˈɔːbən
bourbon
ˈbɜːbən
Brisbane
ˈbrɪzbən
carbon
ˈkɑːbən
Cariban
ˈkærɪbən
Cuban
ˈkjuːbən
Dearborn
ˈdɪəbən
Durban
ˈdɜːbən
gibbon
ˈɡɪbən
hydrocarbon
ˌhaɪdrəʊˈkɑːbən
Laban
ˈleɪbən
leben
ˈlɛbən
Lisbon
ˈlɪzbən
Melbourne
ˈmɛlbən
Osborne
ˈɒzbən
stubborn
ˈstʌbən
suburban
səˈbɜːbən
turban
ˈtɜːbən
urban
ˈɜːbən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RIBBON

ribattuta
ribavirin
ribband
ribbed
ribbed and smoked sheet
Ribbentrop
ribber
ribbing
Ribble
ribbon development
ribbon microphone
ribbon strip
ribbon worm
ribbon-like
ribbonfish
ribbonry
ribbons
ribbonwood
ribbony
ribby

WORDS THAT END LIKE RIBBON

activated carbon
active carbon
Ambon
Audubon
blue ribbon
bonbon
carbon ribbon
Casaubon
Cheribon
chlorofluorocarbon
Cirebon
ebon
fabric ribbon
fluorocarbon
Gabon
halocarbon
perfluorocarbon
radiocarbon
Ratisbon
Twibbon

Synonyms and antonyms of ribbon in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «ribbon» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RIBBON

Find out the translation of ribbon to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ribbon from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ribbon» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

缎带
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cinta
570 millions of speakers

English

ribbon
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रिबन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَرِيط
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лента
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fita
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ফিতামত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ruban
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

riben
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Band
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

リボン
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

리본
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pita
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

dải ruy-băng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ரிப்பன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

रिबन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kurdele
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

nastro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wstążka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

стрічка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

panglică
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κορδέλα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lint
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

band
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bånd
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ribbon

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RIBBON»

The term «ribbon» is very widely used and occupies the 8.457 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RIBBON» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ribbon

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10 QUOTES WITH «RIBBON»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ribbon.
1
Frank Abagnale
I use a shredder for bank statements and phone bills. Most people use ribbon shredders that cut things straight: we can put those back together in an hour. Look for a security microcut shredder, which cuts papers into confetti.
2
Lynn Abbey
No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more, but your final draft is not the time to try to wring a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.
3
Sherry Argov
If you've ever noticed, beauty pageants are a lot like county fairs. The farmers show the cows the same way. They walk their prized Jersey cow across a stage in front of an audience with judges, and maybe the cow even twirls around a couple of times. Then the winning cow gets a satin ribbon draped over it, which has the title and the year on it.
4
Robert Benchley
The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.
5
Napoleon Bonaparte
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
6
Howard Dean
The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon.
7
Jessica Brown Findlay
I like to accessorise shirts with a little ribbon tied round my collar or a country style ascot. I've also sewed little hearts on some of my sleeves which I've done for years because I always wear my heart on my sleeve so if you see a little embroidered heart on my clothes, that's why!
8
Ronald Frame
At the age of nine, I could cross the length of Glasgow on a succession of buses, wearing regulation garter-topped stockings and compulsory cap and - if I'd done well enough to earn the honour in last week's test - with a First World War medal on a striped ribbon pinned to my brown blazer. I must have looked like a chocolate soldier.
9
Ryan Lewis
I have an AIDS ribbon tattooed on my arm.
10
Barbara Mandrell
I just like doing silly girly things. If I wrap a gift, I like to use specials ribbon and hot glue, silk flowers and things.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RIBBON»

Discover the use of ribbon in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ribbon and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
What Makes a Rainbow?
Toddlers are bound to love listening to this charming story and seeing a different colored ribbon with the turn of each page--and the last pop-up spread is sure to delight.
Betty Ann Schwartz, 2000
2
Blue Ribbon Science Fair Projects
Provides detailed information regarding creating and presenting successful science fair projects on topics including physiology, botany, chemistry, and astronomy.
Glen Vecchione, 2008
3
The Artful Ribbon: Beauties in Bloom
This guide shows how to make all types of flowers from ribbons, wire and crinoline.
Candace Kling, 1996
4
Ribbon: The Art of Adornment
In Ribbon: The Art of Adornment, ribbon experts Nicholas Kniel and Timothy Wright celebrate the history, versatility, and beauty of this textile accoutrement.
Timothy Wright, 2009
5
The Pink Ribbon Diet: A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan ...
The Pink Ribbon Diet features 150 recipes that naturally emphasize Mediterranean foods with nutrients thought to lower breast-cancer risk and foods that improve biomarkers, indicators of risk.
Mary Flynn, Nancy Verde Barr, 2010
6
Blue Ribbon Afghans from America's State Fairs: 40 ...
Filled with spectacular photography of hand-crocheted afghans that have won blue ribbons at state fairs across the country, this introduction to an American classic presents the various styles, designs, and patterns that characterize this ...
Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader, 2005
7
Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines ...
Medical sociologist Gayle A. Sulik reveals the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer functions as a brand name with a pink ribbon logo.
Gayle A. Sulik, 2010
8
Beginner's guide to silk ribbon embroidery
More than 100 step-by-step photographs show how to create exquisite, delicately embroidered silk ribbon flowers, using a surprisingly small number of stitches.
Ann Cox, 1998
9
Ribbonwork The Complete Guide: Technique Guide for Making ...
Leading ribbonwork designer, Helen Gibb?s love of antique handwork transpires in another sumptuous book of ribbon delights.
Helen Gibb, 2004
10
Simple Silk Ribbon Embroidery By Machine: Step-by-Step ...
Use Any Sewing Machine to Create Embroidered Embellishments. Create intricate silk ribbon embroidery that looks hand-stitched-without the slow hand work. Easy techniques really work with any sewing machine.
Susan Schrempf, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RIBBON»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ribbon is used in the context of the following news items.
1
CA Legalization Efforts Receive Guidance From Blue Ribbon
legalization Today a Blue Ribbon Commission led by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom released a report providing a total of 58 recommendations ... «NORML Blog, Jul 15»
2
If You Think This Ribbon Worm Is Creepy, You Should See Its Cousins
Turns out that in the YouTube era, even slimy green deep sea ribbon worms get their fifteen minutes. But in the case of this particularly long, wretch-inducing ... «Forbes, Jun 15»
3
Cerritos' Gahr High among 11 local middle and high schools named …
Altogether, the state designated 102 schools in Los Angeles County and 45 in Orange County as “Gold Ribbon Schools,” an honor that replaces the former ... «Long Beach Press Telegram, May 15»
4
Senate blue ribbon 'abuses': Rights lawyers count the ways
MANILA, Philippines—Human rights lawyers on Thursday listed several violations allegedly committed by the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee in the conduct ... «Inquirer.net, Jan 15»
5
White Ribbon Day sparks more than 1000 events across Australia in …
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised the involvement of Australia's military in White Ribbon Day, saying it sends a signal that strong men protect others and ... «ABC Online, Nov 14»
6
Binay skips Senate Blue Ribbon hearing
But the Vice President, who faces the biggest corruption scandal to hit him to date, was a no-show at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing especially ... «Rappler, Nov 14»
7
Warner Bros. Unveils Digital Short-Form Studio: Blue Ribbon Content
Warner Bros. announced Blue Ribbon Content as the name of its newly created short-form digital division, which will develop and produce live-action and ... «Variety, Oct 14»
8
Vib-Ribbon is finally coming to North America
Cult classic musical platformer Vib-Ribbon is finally coming to North America for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the president and CEO of Sony Computer ... «Polygon, Oct 14»
9
US Department of Education Announces 2014 National Blue Ribbon
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence ... «U.S. Department of Education, Sep 14»
10
Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over …
Pabst Blue Ribbon, the cheap-but-tolerable beer that will forever be identified with early 2000s American hipsterdom, is being bought by Russian investors. «Slate Magazine, Sep 14»

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