cordon

That yellow police tape and group of officers encircling the crime scene? That's a kind of cordon — something set up to guard something.

A cordon can also mean some kind of ornament or adornment made out of ribbon or cord, usually worn by military folks to signify honor or rank. Not surprising since cordon sounds similar to cord and comes from the Old French word for the same thing. But unless you're part of a security team or often dressed in full military regalia, you probably won't come into contact with cordons very often.

Primary Meanings of cordon

1.
n
a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
2.
n
cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
Full Definitions of cordon
1

n a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing

Type of:
series
similar things placed in order or happening one after another
2

n cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank

Type of:
insignia
a badge worn to show official position

n adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord

Type of:
adornment
a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

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