A narrow strip or band of fine fabric, such as satin or velvet, finished at the edges and used for trimming, tying, or finishing. Something, such as a tape measure, that resembles a ribbon. A long thin strip: a ribbon of land along the shore. Tattered or ragged strips: a dress torn to ribbons. An inked strip of cloth used for making an impression, as in a typewriter. A band of colored cloth signifying membership in an order or the award of a prize. A strip of colored cloth worn on the left breast of a uniform to indicate the award of a medal or decoration. Informal Reins for driving horses. See ledger board. To decorate or tie with ribbons. To tear into ribbons or shreds.