cordons bleus

cordon bleu

[French kawr-dawn blœ]
noun, plural cordons bleus [French kawr-dawn blœ] .
the sky-blue ribbon worn as a badge by knights of the highest order of French knighthood under the Bourbons.
some similar high distinction.
one entitled to wear the cordon bleu.
any person of great distinction in a specific field, especially a distinguished chef.
(of a dish made with thin slices of veal, chicken, etc.) interlaid or stuffed with ham and cheese and then sautéed: chicken cordon bleu.

1720–30; < French: literally, blue ribbon Unabridged
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cordon bleu (French kɔrdɔ̃ blø)
1.  French history
 a.  the sky-blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of knighthood under the Bourbon monarchy
 b.  a knight entitled to wear the cordon bleu
2.  any very high distinction
3.  of or denoting food prepared to a very high standard
[French, literally: blue ribbon]

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