• WordNet 3.6
    • n cordon adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
    • n cordon cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
    • n cordon a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cordon A cord or ribbon bestowed or borne as a badge of honor; a broad ribbon, usually worn after the manner of a baldric, constituting a mark of a very high grade in an honorary order. Cf. Grand cordon.
    • Cordon (Mil) A line or series of sentinels, or of military posts, inclosing or guarding any place or thing.
    • Cordon A rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a mantle in some costumes of state.
    • Cordon (Fort) The coping of the scarp wall, which projects beyong the face of the wall a few inches.
    • Cordon The cord worn by a Franciscan friar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cordon In fortification: A course of stones jutting before the rampart and the base of the parapet, or a course of stones between the wall of a fortress which lies aslope and the parapet which is perpendicular: introduced as an ornament, and used only in fortifications of stonework. The projecting coping of a scarp wall, which prevents the top of a revetment from being saturated with water, and forms an obstacle to an enemy's escalading party.
    • n cordon In architecture, a molding of inconsiderable projection, usually horizontal, in the face of a wall: used for ornament, or to indicate on the exterior a division of stones, etc. Compare band, 2 .
    • n cordon Milit., a line or series of military posts or sentinels, inclosing or guarding any particular place, to prevent the passage of persons other than those entitled to pass.
    • n cordon Hence Any line (of persons) that incloses or guards a particular place so as to prevent egress or ingress.
    • n cordon Any cord, braid, or lace of fine material forming a part of costume, as around the crown of a hat or hanging down from it, or used to secure a mantle or the like.
    • n cordon In heraldry, a cord used as a bearing accompanying the shield of an ecclesiastical dignitary, and usually hanging on each side. Cardinals have a cordon gules which is divided, forming lozenge-shaped meshes, and having 15 tufts or tassels in 5 rows; archbishops have one of vert, which bears only 10 tufts in 4 rows; that of bishops is also vert, with 6 tufts in 3 rows. See cut under cardinal.
    • n cordon A ribbon indicating the position of its wearer in an honorary order. A cordon is usually worn as a scarf over one shoulder and carried to the waist on the opposite side; it is especially the mark of a higher grade of an order.
    • n cordon In horticulture, a plant that is naturally diffusely branched, made by pruning to grow as a single stem, in order to force larger fruit.
    • n cordon By extension, a person wearing or entitled to wear this badge.
    • n cordon Hence, from this being the highest badge of knightly honor, any person of great eminence in his class or profession: as, the cordons bleus of journalism.
    • n cordon In specific use, a first-class cook.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cordon kor′don a cord or ribbon bestowed as a badge of honour:
    • n Cordon kor′don (fort.) a row of stones along the line of a rampart: in military operations, a line of sentries within sight of each other, guarding a place to prevent the passage of unauthorised persons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. corde,. See Cord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

At the station a cordon of soldiers blocked the way.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
He immediately went beneath the surface and escaped the cordon of destroyers which immediately searched for him.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
She lifted one hand in a slight gesture as our conductors paused before the dais; they fell away and formed a close cordon behind us.
"Priestess of the Flame" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
At the main entrance we were halted by a cordon of armed guards.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Coming back we would have a cordon of interplanetary police aboard.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Her shipyards have been cleared of all civilians, and a cordon of troops posted about each one.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
For once there was no loose joint in the cordon of the cowmen's defence.
"Hidden Water" by Dane Coolidge
The cordons may be vertical or horizontal, according to the direction of the trunk, which is from four to eight feet long.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The interior is curiously arranged with a cordon of sculpture, high in the vaulting.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
I'm trying to form a cordon, but this damned mob's in the way.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

I'd sinews strain my verse to shape
Like a trim garden:
The limes should blossom down the nape,
A double cordon.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
Yet, as do cordons oft enclose
The unwilling with the fain,
Our people, by forced parole held,
Could naught but own the rein.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
I battered the cordons around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
with rapture, with power, with ease!
"Your World" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Ben Hall lay down on the dew-wet ground
By the side of his tiny fire;
And a night breeze woke, and he heard no sound
As the troopers drew their cordon round -
And the traitor earned his hire.
"The Death Of Ben Hall" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

View full size Pictured are executive producer Pat Arrabito and line/co-producer Jeffrey Cordone of the documentary- feature film "Hell and Mr Fudge" that just wrapped up filming in Athens, Ala.
Armored trucks formed a cordon to control the crowd and people were searched as they entered the checkpoint.
Notorious escaper and fellow inmate pose no threat to the community, say Corrections officials The disused security tower at Paremoremo has been cordoned off since the two prisoners were spotted.
You've read reviews elsewhere of the new Times Square, with its massive cordoned-off sections of pedestrian space along Broadway, but can you really trust what anyone else says.
Wichita Falls Police and sheriff's deputies cordoned off an area on the city's East Side late Thursday when a Fourth of July celebration got out of hand.
Chicken Cordon Blue with mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley is offered at the Peachtree Restaurant and Pie House in east Vancouver.
Victoria police have evacuated the provincial legislature and cordoned off a one-block radius after a suspicious package was found on a bus nearby today.
Post spokesman Tom McCollum told ABC11 that an area of the Randolph Pointe apartment complex was cordoned off for a time Wednesday evening.
After our long tête-à-tête, I decided to attend her alma mater, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris — and became obsessed with finding her a cow udder .
A beach cleaner discovered the device Friday morning on the Nassau Avenue beach in Margate, and the area was soon cordoned off as a precaution.
Police continued their investigation Tuesday into Monday's double homicide and the crime scene in Burnaby remained cordoned off.
FDA-OCI agents cordon off the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass.
Police continued their investigation Tuesday and the crime scene remained cordoned off.
Authorities cordon off several blocks after officers investigating a reported shooting in Hollywood find what appears to be a stick of dynamite in the suspected gunman's apartment.
Riot police used pepper spray and stun grenades against hundreds of Greek soccer fans who tried to break through a police cordon at a Europa League game Thursday.