- /ˈrıbən/ noun, pl -bons1 : a narrow piece of cloth (such as silk) that is used to tie things or for decoration[count]
She wore pink ribbons in her hair.
She tied a ribbon around the present.[noncount]
a length/piece of ribbon
The present was tied with ribbon.2 [count] : a short piece of cloth that is given as a military award
The soldier proudly wore his ribbons and medals.3 [count] chiefly US : a piece of colored cloth that is given as an award in a competition
Her pie won a ribbon at the county fair.— see also ↑blue ribbon4 [count] : something that is long and narrow like a strip of cloth
a ribbon of road5 [count] : a long and narrow piece of cloth with ink that is used for producing printed characters in a typewriter or printer6 ribbons [plural] : narrow pieces of something that has been cut or torn apart
Her pants were torn/cut to ribbons. [=to pieces]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.