Definition of cordon bleu in English:

cordon bleu


  • 1Denoting or relating to the highest class or standard of quality in cooking.

    ‘a cordon bleu chef’
    • ‘With eight bedrooms and two tennis courts, the Tower has its own cordon bleu chef, as well as such mod cons as satellite television.’
    • ‘You don't hire a cordon bleu chef to run a sandwich bar!’
    • ‘A cordon bleu chef is aided by two stewardesses and meals are varied between Thai, Indonesian and international.’
    • ‘This book is definitely not for the cordon bleu chef.’
    • ‘When you're a cordon bleu chef and you need fresh lavender, you grow it yourself instead of buying it in the farmers' market, because sometimes they don't have fresh lavender or they have old lavender which they pass off as fresh.’
    1. 1.1postpositive Denoting a dish consisting of an escalope of veal or chicken rolled, filled with cheese and ham, and then fried in breadcrumbs.
      • ‘Paulette had fixed her grits for breakfast, a peach cobbler pie at tea time, and a lunch of chicken cordon bleu.’
      • ‘They include crab cakes, Reuben tarts, vegetable spring rolls, shrimp quiches, and smoked chicken cordon bleu appetizers, all of which can be cooked at the same time.’
      • ‘The burger choices include mushroom, schnitzel, onion, chicken cordon bleu, Sicilian (with basil sauce), veggie, and roasted pepper.’
      • ‘Two of my companions chose the third option, one choosing schnitzel cordon bleu (stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese), the other choosing schnitzel stuffed with garlic butter.’
      • ‘They shopped for a little while more and then went to meet the boys at a café. Sydney had chicken cordon bleu with steamed vegetables.’
      • ‘German run, they deliver to your home or bar an exceptionally wide range of tasty dishes including BBQ pork knuckle, pepper steak, mixed grill and cordon bleu.’
      • ‘Sometimes I tell Francoise to make me something to eat; really random things, like peach tarts, or chicken cordon bleu, maybe potato chips and ranch dip - a whole bunch of things.’
      • ‘During lunch hours, an economic alternative to ribs is the NT $250 set menu offering soup, a choice of bacon mashed potato balls, seafood penne, chicken cordon bleu or a rib quesadilla with coffee or tea.’
      • ‘After serving up cordon bleu on Monday here was scampi and chips in a basket.’
      • ‘The chicken rolls, however, came as two cylinders filled with mushrooms and yellow cheese and sitting in a light gravy - a good knockoff of chicken cordon bleu.’
      • ‘After all, why shouldn't the nation that brought us cordon bleu go wild for Welsh rarebit, steak and kidney pudding or a well-boiled egg?’


  • 1A cook or chef of the highest class.

  • 2An African waxbill that is popular as a cage bird. The male has a blue face, breast, and tail, a brown back, and a red bill.

    Genus Uraeginthus, family Estrildidae: three species

    • ‘The first Gambian bird I saw was pied crow, rapidly followed by small flocks of red-cheeked cordon-bleu finches.’
    • ‘Unlike other species of waxbill, such as cordon-bleus or goldbreasts, which usually fly straight in and out of their nests, the black-rumped still tends to put great store in its tunnel entrance.’
    • ‘Done in this fashion I have found it particularly enjoyed by red-cheeked and blue-headed cordon-bleus as well as purple grenadiers.’


Mid 18th century (as a noun, often specifically denoting a first-class cook): French, literally ‘blue ribbon’. The blue ribbon once signified the highest order of chivalry in the reign of the Bourbon kings.


cordon bleu

/ˌkɔːdɒ̃ ˈbləː/