Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


My hair was parted on my forehead and then fell as it liked, for it was not held by pins or ribbons.

I am going to take the steamer chair and do it up in ribbons when I get ashore.

We used to keep him in ribbons to match, and he knew color, too, perfectly well.

He caught the one-eyed elder on his blind side and ripped his ear into ribbons.

All along the walls were numerous prayer-barrels, adorned with ribbons.

Them ribbons don't keep her f'um rockin'; she's all through!

Next came Brighteyes, all flying, feet and curls and hat and ribbons.

As he sat there he was approached by a young lady, radiant in muslin and ribbons.

Alas, her vicious brood have turned on her and cast her ribbons in the mire!

Hurriedly she put on the pretty dress and the ribbons that went with it.


early 14c., ribane, from Old French riban "a ribbon," variant of ruban (13c.), of unknown origin, possibly from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to band (n.1); cf. Middle Dutch ringhband "necklace." Modern spelling is from mid-16c. Originally a stripe in a material. Custom of colored ribbon loops worn on lapels to declare support for some group perceived as suffering or oppressed began in 1991 with AIDS red ribbons.