1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some part of a woman's attire, for badges, and other decorative purposes.

2. A narrow strip or shred; as, a steel or magnesium ribbon; sails torn to ribbons.

3. Same as Rib-band.

4. Driving reins.

5. A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide.

6. A silver.

The blue ribbon, and The red ribbon, are phrases often used to designate the British orders of the Garter and of the Bath, respectively, the badges of which are suspended by ribbons of these colours. See Blue ribbon, under Blue. Ribbon fish.

A tapeworm. A nemertean.

Origin: OE. Riban, OF. Riban, F. Ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. Ringband collar, necklace, E. Ring circle, and band

Alternative forms: riband, ribband.

(01 Mar 1998)