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  1. blue riband
    IPA[ˌbluː ˈrɪbənd]
  2. noun

    • 1. a ribbon of blue silk given to the winner of a competition or as a mark of great distinction.

    • 2. a badge worn by members of the Order of the Garter.

    • 3. a trophy for the ship making the fastest eastward sea crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a regular commercial voyage.

    adjective

    • 1. of the highest quality; first-class:

      blue-ribbon service
    • 2. (of a jury or committee) specially selected.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: blue riband, plural noun: blue ribands

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