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adjective \ˈred\

Simple Definition of red

  • : having the color of blood

  • : reddish brown or reddish orange in color

  • of a person's face : pink because of embarrassment, anger, etc.

Full Definition of red


  1. 1 a :  of the color red b :  having red as a distinguishing color

  2. 2 a (1) :  flushed especially with anger or embarrassment (2) :  ruddy, florid (3) :  being or having skin of a coppery hue b :  bloodshot <eyes red from crying> c :  being in the color range between a moderate orange and russet or bay d :  tinged with red :  reddish

  3. 3 :  heated to redness :  glowing

  4. 4 a :  inciting or endorsing radical social or political change especially by force b often capitalized :  communist c often capitalized :  of or relating to a communist country and especially to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

  5. 5 :  tending to support Republicans in a general election <red states>

red in tooth and claw
  1. :  characterized by or displaying brutal emotion or violent behavior

Examples of red

  1. a shiny red fire truck

  2. His face turns red when he gets angry.

Origin of red

Middle English, from Old English rēad; akin to Old High German rōt red, Latin ruber & rufus, Greek erythros

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of red

  • : the color of blood

  • Red : a Communist or someone who supports Communists

Full Definition of red

  1. 1 :  a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum

  2. 2 :  red clothing <the lady in red>

  3. 3 :  one that is of a red or reddish color: as a :  red wine b :  an animal with a red or reddish coat

  4. 4 a :  a pigment or dye that colors red b :  a shade or tint of red

  5. 5 a :  one who advocates the violent overthrow of an existing social or political order b capitalized :  communist

  6. 6 [from the bookkeeping practice of entering debit items in red ink] :  the condition of showing a loss —usually used with the <in the red> — compare black

Examples of red

  1. The artist uses red to symbolize passion.

  2. a lady dressed in red

  3. the reds and oranges of autumn leaves

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of red

before 12th century



Definition of red

  1. reduce; reduction


geographical name \ˈred\

Definition of Red

  1. 1 river 1018 miles (1638 kilometers) flowing E on Okla.-Tex. boundary & into the Atchafalaya & Mississippi in Louisiana

  2. 2 river N cen United States & S cen Canada flowing N on Minn.-N.Dak. boundary & into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba

  3. 3 — see arctic red

  4. 4 or Hong play \ˈhȯŋ\ or (in China) Yuan play \yu̇-ˈän, -ˈan\ river 500 miles (805 kilometers) SE Asia rising in cen Yunnan, China, & flowing SE across N Vietnam into Gulf of Tonkin

Rhymes with red

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February 10, 2016

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