any of various colors resembling the color of blood; the primary color at one extreme end of the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 610 and 780 nanometers.
of the color red; of or like the color of blood: a red rose.
reddish purple in color: red wine made from purple grapes.
orange, golden brown, or reddish brown in color:red hair.
having distinctive areas or markings of red: a red robin.
bloodshot: red eyes from allergies.
(of the face) flushed or blushing, as from shame:cheeks red with embarrassment.
of or indicating a state of financial loss or indebtedness: the red column in the ledger.
Politics. relating to, supporting, or belonging to the Republican Party in the United States; Republican: This is big news in that it flips a red Senate seat to blue. : Compare blue (def. 20a).
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging.
radically left politically.
Often Red . communist: Red China.
Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive. relating to, noting, or characteristic of North American Indian peoples.
Idioms about red
- red·ly, adverb
Other definitions for red (2 of 5)
Other definitions for Red (3 of 5)
a male or female given name.
a nickname typically given to someone with red hair.
Other definitions for red- (4 of 5)
Other definitions for -red (5 of 5)
a native English suffix, denoting condition, formerly used in the formation of nouns: hatred; kindred.
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How to use red in a sentence
Overall, blue states fare worse with a death rate of 63 per 100,000 people, but red states still have a relatively high death rate, by global standards, of 40 per 100,000.Trump says US Covid-19 deaths would be low if you excluded blue states. That’s wrong. | German Lopez | September 17, 2020 | Vox
In other words, more than 90,000 deaths have occurred in red states.Trump blames blue states for the coronavirus death toll — but most recent deaths have been in red states | Philip Bump | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Venus has long played second fiddle to its redder, smaller, and more distant sibling.
Without SDSU’s cases, the county’s case rate would be 6, solidly in the slightly better “red” tier.
Whatever you compare them to, Langsdorffia flowers are intricate, screaming red showpieces.‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant | Susan Milius | September 16, 2020 | Science News For Students
Former red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame | Ben Jacobs | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
The pale, baby-faced, red-cheeked rapper is furiously puffing away at a hastily-made blunt crammed with low-grade weed.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Beginners must be warned against mistaking the edges of cells, or particles which have retained the red stain, for bacilli.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Under the internal pressure his whiskers stood on end and his face grew red.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
“You appear to feel it so,” rejoined Mr. Pickwick, smiling at the clerk, who was literally red-hot.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
British Dictionary definitions for red (1 of 3)
any of a group of colours, such as that of a ripe tomato or fresh blood, that lie at one end of the visible spectrum, next to orange, and are perceived by the eye when light in the approximate wavelength range 740–620 nanometres falls on the retina. Red is the complementary colour of cyan and forms a set of primary colours with blue and green: Related adjectives: rubicund, ruddy
a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
red cloth or clothing: dressed in red
a red ball in snooker, billiards, etc
(in roulette and other gambling games) one of two colours on which players may place even bets, the other being black
Also called: inner archery a red ring on a target, between the blue and the gold, scoring seven points
in the red informal in debit; owing money
see red informal to become very angry
of the colour red
reddish in colour or having parts or marks that are reddish: red hair; red deer
having the face temporarily suffused with blood, being a sign of anger, shame, etc
(of the complexion) rosy; florid
(of the eyes) bloodshot
(of the hands) stained with blood, as after committing murder
bloody or violent: red revolution
(of wine) made from black grapes and coloured by their skins
denoting the highest degree of urgency in an emergency; used by the police and the army and informally (esp in the phrase red alert)
US relating to, supporting, or representing the Republican Party: Compare blue (def. 24)
another word for redden
- redly, adverb
- redness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for red (2 of 3)
(tr) a variant spelling of redd 1
British Dictionary definitions for Red (3 of 3)
Communist, Socialist, or Soviet
radical, leftist, or revolutionary
a member or supporter of a Communist or Socialist Party or a national of a state having such a government, esp the former Soviet Union
a radical, leftist, or revolutionary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with red
In addition to the idioms beginning with red
- red carpet
- red cent
- red herring
- red in the face, be
- red tape
- catch red-handed
- in the red
- not worth a dime (red cent)
- paint the town red
- see red
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