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red carpet

a red strip of carpet placed on the ground for high-ranking dignitaries to walk on when entering or leaving a building, vehicle, or the like.
  1. an area abutting the entrance to a building, usually carpeted in red, where celebrities gather and walk before participating in or taking their seats at a big event:
    The winning actress had of course been interviewed on the red carpet before the Academy Awards.
  2. the activity that goes on in this area:
    Six reporters will be covering the red carpet at the charity's annual gala.
a display of courtesy or deference, as that shown to persons of high station:
The visiting prince was treated to the red carpet in Rome.
Origin of red carpet
First recorded in 1930-35
Related forms
red-carpet, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for red carpet
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  • Enthusiastically and yet with all humility for I have no red carpet to run down the stair.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • He or she can wander safely in wherever a red carpet beckons.

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • I'll let them know, so that they can have the awning out and the red carpet down.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • And she went with her husband down the red carpet to the carriage.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • The floor, from her room to the sedan, was covered with red carpet.

    Peeps Into China E. C. Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for red carpet

red carpet

a strip of red carpeting laid for important dignitaries to walk on when arriving or departing
  1. deferential treatment accorded to a person of importance
  2. (as modifier): the returning hero had a red-carpet reception
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Slang definitions & phrases for red carpet

red carpet

adjective phrase

Luxurious; plush; ritzy: Jewelry gives you a red carpet elegance (1950s+)

noun phrase

A sumptuous welcome: He was sort of expecting the red carpet and not the fish-eye (1934+)

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roll out the red carpet

[fr an ancient custom, at least as old as Aeschylus's Agamemnon, of putting down a red carpet over which a welcomed dignitary would walk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with red carpet

red carpet

Honorary treatment, lavish hospitality, as in We'll have to get out the red carpet for the President's visit. This term comes from the literal practice of rolling out a carpet to welcome a royal or other esteemed guest, and indeed is often put asroll out the red carpet. [ Early 1900s ]
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