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Cordon Bleu (Un) (French)

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A knight of the ancient order of the St. Esprit (Holy Ghost); so called because the decoration is suspended on a blue ribbon. It was at one time the highest order in the kingdom.

Un repas de cordon bleu. A well-cooked and well-appointed dinner. The commandeur de Souvé, Comte dʹOlonne, and some others, who were cordons bleus (i.e. knights of St. Esprit), met together as a sort of club, and were noted for their excellent dinners. Hence, when anyone had dined well he said, “Bien, cʹest un vrai repas de cordon bleu.”

Une Cordon Bleu. A facetious compliment to a good female cook. The play is between cordon bleu, and the blue ribbons or strings of some favourite cook.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cordelia’s Gift
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Cordeliers (The)
Cordon (The)
Cordon (Un grand)
Cordon Bleu (Un) (French)
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