adjective, red·der, red·dest.
- radically left politically.
- (often initial capital letter) communist: Red China.
Origin of red1
Definition for red (2 of 9)
verb (used with object), red, red·ding.
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verb (used with object), redd or redd·ed, redd·ing. Northern and Midland U.S.
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Examples from the Web for red
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|DAILY BEAST
His books include Render unto Rome and a novel about Louisiana politics, Last of the Red Hot Poppas.
In 1957, the islands came under repeated shelling by Mainland--or as it was then called, “Red”-- China.
It all began, the consensus seems to be, with the red jungle fowl.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
Seeing them, Avdotya could not restrain her tears; they simply spurted from her red and swollen eyes.Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
The dinner went on through its courses, and by degrees the red wine flew from the glasses to the faces.Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
It is produced by combining a blue or purple with red when a compound colour is used.
But the red curtain was drawn aside once again, and an entrancing spectacle brought all the little folks to their feet.A Love Episode|Emile Zola
Her lips were red and sweetly curved, her cheek was smooth and firm as so much brown velvet.Spacehounds of IPC|Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for red (1 of 9)
adjective redder or reddest
verb reds, redding or redded
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verb reds, redding, red or redded
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Word Origin for grange
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noun (in the US)
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verb redds, redding, redd or redded
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Word Origin and History for red (1 of 4)
Old English read "red," from Proto-Germanic *rauthaz (cf. Old Norse rauðr, Danish rød, Old Saxon rod, Old Frisian rad, Middle Dutch root, Dutch rood, German rot, Gothic rauþs). As a noun from mid-13c.
The Germanic words are from PIE root *reudh- "red, ruddy" (cf. Latin ruber, also dialectal rufus "light red," mostly of hair; Greek erythros; Sanskrit rudhira-; Avestan raoidita-; Old Church Slavonic rudru, Polish rumiany, Russian rumjanyj "flushed, red," of complexions, etc.; Lithuanian raudas; Old Irish ruad, Welsh rhudd, Breton ruz "red"). The only color for which a definite common PIE root word has been found. The initial -e- in the Greek word is because Greek tends to avoid beginning words with -r-.
Along with dead, bread (n.), lead (n.1), the vowel shortened in Middle English. The surname Read/Reid retains the original Old English long vowel pronunciation and is the corresponding surname to Brown-, Black, White.
The color designation of Native Americans in English from 1580s. The color as characteristic of "British possessions" on a map is attested from 1885. Red-white-and-blue in reference to American patriotism, from the colors of the flag, is from 1840; in a British context, in reference to the Union flag, 1852. The red flag was used as a symbol of defiance in battle on land or sea from c.1600. To see red "get angry" is an American English expression first recorded 1898. Red rover, the children's game, attested from 1891. Red light as a sign to stop is from 1849, long before traffic signals. As the sign of a brothel, it is attested from 1899. As a children's game (in reference to the traffic light meaning) it is recorded from 1953.
Red-letter day (late 14c.) was originally a saint's day, marked on church calendars in red letters. Red ball signifying "express" in railroad jargon is 1904, originally (1899) a system of moving and tracking freight cars. Red dog, type of U.S. football pass rush, is recorded from 1959. Red meat is from 1808. Red shift in spectography is first recorded 1923. Red carpet "sumptuous welcome" is from 1934, but the custom for dignitaries is described as far back as Aeschylus ("Agamemnon"); it also was the name of a type of English moth.
Word Origin and History for red (1 of 4)
"Bolshevik," 1917, from red (adj.1), the color they adopted for themselves. Association in Europe of red with revolutionary politics (on notion of blood and violence) is from at least 1297, but got a boost 1793 with adoption of the red Phrygian cap (French bonnet rouge) as symbol of the French Revolution. First specific political reference in English was 1848 (adj.), in news reports of the Second French Republic (a.k.a. Red Republic). Red China is from 1934. The noun meaning "radical, communist" is from 1851.
Word Origin and History for red (2 of 4)
"small farm," mid-15c.; mid-13c. in place names (and cf. granger), from Anglo-French graunge, Old French grange "barn, granary; farmstead, farm house" (12c.), from Medieval Latin or Vulgar Latin granica "barn or shed for keeping grain," from Latin granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). Sense evolved to "outlying farm" (late 14c.), then "country house" (1550s). Meaning "local lodge of the Patrons of Husbandry" (a U.S. agricultural interest promotion organization) is from 1867.
Word Origin and History for red (3 of 4)
early 15c., "to clear" (a space, etc.), from Old English hreddan "to save, free from, deliver, recover, rescue," from Proto-Germanic *hradjan. Sense evolution tended to merge with unrelated rid. Also possibly influenced by Old English rædan "to arrange," related to Old English geræde, source of ready (adj.).
A dialect word in Scotland and northern England, where it has had senses of "to fix" (boundaries), "to comb" (hair), "to separate" (combatants), "to settle" (a quarrel). The exception to the limited use is the meaning "to put in order, to make neat or trim" (1718), especially in redd up, which is in general use in England and the U.S. Use of the same phrase, in the same sense, in Pennsylvania Dutch may be from cognate Low German and Dutch redden, obviously connected historically to the English word, "but the origin and relationship of the forms is not clear" [OED].
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