UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɔːrdən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkɔrdən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kôrdn)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cor•don /ˈkɔrdən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Militarya line of police, soldiers, etc., guarding an area or preventing people from passing through it.
  2. Clothinga cord, braid, or ribbon worn as an ornament or badge.

  1. Militaryto surround or blockade with or as if with a cordon: [+ off + object]Police cordoned off the street.[+ object + off]Police cordoned the area off.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cor•don  (kôrdn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militarya line of police, sentinels, military posts, warships, etc., enclosing or guarding an area.
  2. Clothinga cord or braid worn for ornament or as a fastening.
  3. Clothinga ribbon worn usually diagonally across the breast as a badge of a knightly or honorary order.
  4. [Fort.]
    • a projecting course of stones at the base of a parapet.
    • the coping of a scarp.
  5. Architecture
    • Architecturea stringcourse, esp. one having little or no projection.
    • Architecturea cut-stone riser on a stepped ramp or the like.
  6. Plant Biologya fruit tree or shrub trained to grow along a support or a series of such supports.

  1. Militaryto surround or blockade with or as with a cordon (usually fol. by off):The police cordoned off the street.
  • Middle French, diminutive of corde
  • Middle English 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cordon /ˈkɔːdən/ n
  1. a chain of police, soldiers, ships, etc, stationed around an area
  2. a ribbon worn as insignia of honour or rank
  3. a cord or ribbon worn as an ornament or fastening

  4. Also called: string course, belt course, table an ornamental projecting band or continuous moulding along a wall
  5. a form of fruit tree consisting of a single stem bearing fruiting spurs, produced by cutting back all lateral branches
  1. (transitive) often followed by off: to put or form a cordon (around); close (off)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French, literally: a little cord, from corde string, cord
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