V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a line of people, soldiers, or vehicles stationed around an area to enclose or guard it; 2. a cord or braid fastened as an ornament; 3. a ribbon, generally worn diagonally across the breast as a decoration or badge of honor; (v.) to form a protective cordon around

Synonyms: cord, band, chain, blockade, ribbon


Tips: Cordons are used in war and police strategies. Used as a verb, police may "cordon off" an area to secure it. Think, cord or rope, figuratively speaking, used to enclose. A cordon is also an emblem that signifies status in military circles. For a memory trick for cordon, think of a cord (wire, string) on or around something, either as a constraint or as a decoration

Usage Examples:

The armored transport vehicles formed a cordon around the building. (blockade) noun

The commander of the foreign army wore a cordon as an insignia of the honors he had received. (ribbon) noun

We cordoned off the part of the house where we didn't want the dog to go. (blockaded, secured) verb

The swimming pool was cordoned off while structural repairs were made. (blocked, roped) verb

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