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cordon bleu

[French kawr-dawn blœ] /French kɔr dɔ̃ ˈblœ/
noun, plural cordons bleus
[French kawr-dawn blœ] /French kɔr dɔ̃ ˈblœ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the sky-blue ribbon worn as a badge by knights of the highest order of French knighthood under the Bourbons.
2.
some similar high distinction.
3.
one entitled to wear the cordon bleu.
4.
any person of great distinction in a specific field, especially a distinguished chef.
adjective
5.
(of a dish made with thin slices of veal, chicken, etc.) interlaid or stuffed with ham and cheese and then sautéed:
chicken cordon bleu.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French: literally, blue ribbon
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British Dictionary definitions for cordons bleus

cordon bleu

/French kɔrdɔ̃ blø/
noun
1.
(French history)
  1. the sky-blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of knighthood under the Bourbon monarchy
  2. a knight entitled to wear the cordon bleu
2.
any very high distinction
adjective
3.
of or denoting food prepared to a very high standard
Word Origin
French, literally: blue ribbon
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Encyclopedia Article for cordons bleus

cordon bleu

any of three species of birds belonging to the genus (or subgenus) Uraeginthus of the waxbill family Estrildidae (order Passeriformes). The birds, including some popular cage birds, are native to Africa, where they frequent villages and farms. A widespread species is the 13-centimetre (5-inch) red-cheeked cordon bleu (U. bengalus), occurring from Senegal and Congo (Kinshasa) to Somalia and Zimbabwe. It is brown and pale blue, with red cheek spot (in the male only) and longish pointed tail. The two other species are the blue-capped cordon bleu (U. cyanocephalus) and the Angola cordon bleu (U. angolensis), also called the Angola waxbill, or blue-breasted waxbill.

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