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Cor"don (k?r"d?n; F. k?r"d?n"), n. [F., fr. corde. See Cord.]


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.


The cord worn by a Franciscan friar.

Sir E. Sandys.

3. Fort.

The coping of the scarp wall, which projects beyong the face of the wall a few inches.

4. Mil.

A line or series of sentinels, or of military posts, enclosing or guarding any place or thing.


A rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a mantle in some costumes of state.

Cordon bleu (kr`dn" bl") [F., blue cordon], a first-rate cook, or one worthy to be the cook of the cordons bleus, or Knights of the Holy Ghost, famous for their good dinners. -- Cordon sanitaire (kr`dn" s`n`tr") [F., sanitary cordon], a line of troops or military posts around a district infected with disease, to cut off communication, and thus prevent the disease from spreading.


© Webster 1913.

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