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noun ribbon pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪbən/ 
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singularribbon
pluralribbons
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a long narrow piece of coloured cloth or paper, usually used as a decoration or to tie something

    a box of chocolates tied with gold ribbon

  2. 3
    [countable] something with a long narrow flat shape
    ribbon of:

    The river appeared as a ribbon of blue between the mountains.

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