Definition of red ribbon in US English:

red ribbon


  • An award given for coming in second in a competition.

    • ‘By a window behind the principal was a table full of trophies and blue and red ribbons.’
    • ‘To my delight I won a blue ribbon for my jam and curd, a red ribbon for my salsa and a white ribbon for my pickles.’
    • ‘Once again, Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream scored a blue ribbon for its chocolate, vanilla and vanilla bean ice creams, not to mention a red ribbon for its French vanilla variety.’