- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for red carpet
Not for Rodriguez the decorous, red-carpet likes of Gwynnie, Sandra Bullock, or Tom Cruise, but “hot criminal” Jeremy Meeks.Meet the PR Guru for the ‘Hot Convict,’ the Octomom, and Every Other D-List Trainwreck
July 17, 2014
Hudson, “has helped create a lineup of looks inspired by her red-carpet style, reinterpreted for everyday occasions,” writes WWD.Jean Paul Gaultier’s Hoop Skirt Trick, Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Competition
The Fashion Beast Team
January 24, 2013
Trendier celebrities like Azealia Banks and Katy Perry also have worn the jewel, to performances and red-carpet appearances.Indian-Inspired Bindis a Hot Trend in Winter Bling
Misty White Sidell
January 4, 2013
By night it is glamorous—of the red-carpet, body-glow, Hollywood sort.Michelle Obama’s First-Lady Fashion: Subtle and Savvy
September 4, 2012
For the first time, the red-carpet arrivals will be live-streamed, further embedding it into the broader popular consciousness.Prada and Schiaparelli Exhibit Opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 7, 2012
We are not interested in a red-carpet tour during which the very best would be trotted our for propaganda purposes.Combat
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- a strip of red carpeting laid for important dignitaries to walk on when arriving or departing
- deferential treatment accorded to a person of importance
- (as modifier)the returning hero had a red-carpet reception
Idioms and Phrases with 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 as roll out the red carpet. [Early 1900s]