[ red ]
/ rɛd /
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.
(often initial capital letter)Older Slang: Usually Disparaging. a radical leftist in politics, especially a Communist.
Informal. red light (def. 1).
adjective, red·der, red·dest.
of the color red.
having distinctive areas or markings of red: a red robin.
of or indicating a state of financial loss or indebtedness: the red column in the ledger.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging.
- radically left politically.
- (often initial capital letter) communist: Red China.
Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive. relating to, noting, or characteristic of North American Indian peoples.
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Idioms for red
Origin of red1
OTHER WORDS FROM redred·ly, adverb
Definition for red (2 of 5)
[ red ]
/ rɛd /
verb (used with object), red, red·ding.
Definition for red (3 of 5)
[ red ]
/ rɛd /
a male or female given name.
a nickname typically given to someone with red hair.
Definition for red (4 of 5)
variant of re- before a vowel or h in some words: redintegrate.
Definition for red (5 of 5)
a native English suffix, denoting condition, formerly used in the formation of nouns: hatred; kindred.
Origin of -red
Middle English -rede,Old English -rǣden
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British Dictionary definitions for red (1 of 3)
/ (rɛd) /
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 greenRelated adjectives: rubicund, ruddy
a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
red cloth or clothingdressed 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
adjective redder or reddest
of the colour red
reddish in colour or having parts or marks that are reddishred 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 violentred 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 PartyCompare blue (def. 24)
verb reds, redding or redded
another word for redden
Derived forms of redredly, adverbredness, noun
Word Origin for red
Old English rēad; compare Old High German rōt, Gothic rauths, Latin ruber, Greek eruthros, Sanskrit rohita
British Dictionary definitions for red (2 of 3)
/ (rɛd) /
verb reds, redding, red or redded
(tr) a variant spelling of redd 1
British Dictionary definitions for red (3 of 3)
/ (rɛd) informal /
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
Word Origin for Red
C19: from the colour chosen to symbolize revolutionary socialism
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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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