• IPA: /ˈɹɪbən/


  1. A long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing or the hair or gift wrapping.
  2. An inked strip of material against which type is pressed to print letters in a typewriter or printer.
  3. A narrow strip or shred.
    a steel or magnesium ribbon
    sails torn to ribbons
    1. (cooking) In ice cream and similar confections, an ingredient (often chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or fudge) added in a long narrow strip.
  4. (shipbuilding) Alternative form of ribband
  5. (nautical) A painted moulding on the side of a ship.
  6. A watchspring.
  7. A bandsaw.
  8. (slang, dated, in the plural) Reins for a horse.
    • 1887, James Inglis, Our New Zealand Cousins
      "Here, sir, hold the ribbons." This to me, throwing me the reins. Jack got down from his perch, and after a little search in the bush was rewarded by the capture of the poor dazed pigeon, who was consigned to safe custody in the boot.
  9. (heraldry) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide.
  10. (spinning) A sliver.
  11. (journalism) A subheadline presented above its parent headline.
  12. (computing, graphical user interface) A toolbar that incorporates tabs and menus.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: ruban
  • Portuguese: faixa de opções

ribbon (ribbons, present participle ribboning; past and past participle ribboned)

  1. (transitive) To decorate with ribbon.
    Synonyms: beribbon
  2. (transitive) To stripe or streak.

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