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(sometimes capitals) Also called (esp US) blue ribbon. the record for the fastest sea journey between two places, esp (in the 1920s and 30s) for a passenger liner between New York and Southampton

the most distinguished achievement in any field
(as modifier): the blue-riband event of the meeting

Historical Examples

Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Marie Alexander Pushkin
Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke Edmund Burke
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 2, 1917 Various
The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
Recollections of a Busy Life William B. Forwood
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12) Edmund Burke
The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
The Strife of the Roses and Days of the Tudors in the West William Henry Hamilton Rogers
Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth


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