Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
  2. (noun, communication) cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
  3. (noun, group) a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing

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Alternate forms of Cordon

Hypernyms: adornment, insignia, series

Origin of the word Cordon

  1. 1440, from M.Fr. cordon "ribbon," dim. of O.Fr. corde "cord" (see cord). Sense of "a line of people or things guarding something" is 1758. Original sense preserved in cordon bleu (1727) "the highest distinction," lit. "blue ribbon," for the sky-blue ribbon worn by the Knights-grand-cross of the Holy Ghost (highest order of chivalry); extended figuratively t… more

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