1. a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
2. cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
3. adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cordon \Cor"don\ (k[^o]r"d[o^]n; F. k[^o]r`d[^o]N"), n. [F., fr.
corde. See Cord.]
1. 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.
2. 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, inclosing or guarding any place or thing.
5. A rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a
mantle in some costumes of state.
Cordon sanitaire (k?r`d?n" s?`n?`t?r") [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. Also used
figuratively, of a group of neutral states that forms a
barrier between two hostile states.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or
guarding some place or thing
2: cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
3: adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
141 Moby Thesaurus words for "cordon":
advance guard, armed guard, bank guard, beleaguer, beset, besiege,
block, blockade, blue ribbon, bolt, bottleneck, bound, box in,
cage, catch, chamber, close in, coast guard, compass, contain,
coop, coop in, coop up, cordon bleu, cordon off, cordon sanitaire,
cordoning off, corral, cull out, curtain, decoration,
decoration of honor, determent, deterrent, difficulty, divide,
drawback, encircle, enclose, encompass, enshrine, fence in,
garrison, garter, ghettoize, gin, goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender,
gold star, grand cordon, guard, guarder, guardsman, hang-up,
hazard, hedge in, hem in, hitch, house in, hurdle, impound,
imprison, incarcerate, include, inlying picket, insulate, isolate,
isolation, jail, jailer, joker, keep apart, keep aside, kennel,
lay aside, leaguer, mew, mew up, objection, obstacle, obstruction,
obstructive, one small difficulty, order, ornament, outguard,
outpost, pen, pen in, pick out, picket, pocket, put aside,
quarantine, quarantine flag, rail in, rear guard, red ribbon,
riband, ribbon, riddle, rope off, rub, sanitary cordon, screen,
seal off, seclude, seclusion, security guard, segregate,
segregation, separate, separation, set apart, set aside, shrine,
shut in, shut up, sieve, sift, snag, sort out, stable, star,
stumbling block, stumbling stone, surround, thrash, thresh,
train guard, van, vanguard, wall in, warder, winnow, wrap, yard,
yard up, yellow flag, yellow jack