Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

blue ribbon

the highest award or distinction, as the first prize in a contest:
His entry at the state fair won a blue ribbon.
a blue ribbon worn as a badge of honor, especially by members of the Order of the Garter of the British knighthood.
(initial capital letters). Also, British, Blue Ribband. (formerly) a prize awarded to an ocean liner making the fastest recorded trip across the Atlantic Ocean between Ambrose Lightship and Bishop Rock.
a badge used by some temperance organizations to indicate a pledge of abstinence from alcohol.
Origin of blue ribbon


[bloo-rib-uh n] /ˈbluˈrɪb ən/
of superior quality or prominence; first-rate; specially selected:
a blue-ribbon committee of fund-raisers.
1925-30; adj. use of blue ribbon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for blue-ribbon
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Going in for the real old simon-pure, blue-ribbon brand of respectability this time, ain't you Madgie?

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • If I see her every day I shall have seen the blue-ribbon winner.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • If I'm nothing else, I'm blue-ribbon boy on the health question.

    The Lieutenant-Governor Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • I rode on Mrs. Scot-Williams' beautiful, black, blue-ribbon winner.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • "Think it is like the blue-ribbon army," he said, when he returned to Netty's side.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • I'll order the cart around and show you that blue-ribbon cob I bought at the horse show.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Its a blue-ribbon place or Moretense wouldnt have besieged Miss Remson to let her in here.

British Dictionary definitions for blue-ribbon

blue ribbon

(in Britain) a badge of blue silk worn by members of the Order of the Garter
a badge awarded as the first prize in a competition
(US) a badge worn by a member of a temperance society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for blue ribbon

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for blue

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for blue-ribbon