WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 cor•don /ˈkɔrdən/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Militarya line of police, soldiers, etc., guarding an area or preventing people from passing through it.
- Clothinga cord, braid, or ribbon worn as an ornament or badge.
- 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.
(kôr′dn),USA pronunciation n.
- Militarya line of police, sentinels, military posts, warships, etc., enclosing or guarding an area.
- Clothinga cord or braid worn for ornament or as a fastening.
- Clothinga ribbon worn usually diagonally across the breast as a badge of a knightly or honorary order.
- a projecting course of stones at the base of a parapet.
- the coping of a scarp.
- Architecturea stringcourse, esp. one having little or no projection.
- Architecturea cut-stone riser on a stepped ramp or the like.
- Plant Biologya fruit tree or shrub trained to grow along a support or a series of such supports.
- 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
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cordon /ˈkɔːdən/ n
- a chain of police, soldiers, ships, etc, stationed around an area
- a ribbon worn as insignia of honour or rank
- a cord or ribbon worn as an ornament or fastening
Also called: string course, belt course, table an ornamental projecting band or continuous moulding along a wall
- a form of fruit tree consisting of a single stem bearing fruiting spurs, produced by cutting back all lateral branches
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French, literally: a little cord, from corde string, cord
- (transitive) often followed by off: to put or form a cordon (around); close (off)
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