Red Cross


: a red Greek cross on a white background used as the emblem of the International Red Cross

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023 Evacuees were being supported by the American Red Cross, Manchester Township EMS, Manchester Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2023 No injures,5persons referred to Red Cross. Curbed, 23 Mar. 2022 While distributing diplomas to graduates of a Red Cross volunteer program on Tuesday evening, the 65-year-old prince announced that his nephew Louis Ducruet and his wife Marie Chevallier welcomed their first child. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2023 The American Red Cross and Baltimore County Department of Emergency Management are working to ensure the displaced residents have shelter, food and water. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2023 On Monday, the NFL announced the Smart Heart Sports Coalition, a joint effort with other professional sports leagues, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross to promote emergency action plans, accessible AEDs, and CPR and AED training for coaches at high schools. Carma Hassan, CNN, 29 Mar. 2023 Up and down West Point Road, residents, neighbors and helpers picked through the wreckage of homes as Red Cross volunteers took an accounting of the damage, lot by lot. Henri Hollis, ajc, 27 Mar. 2023 Displaced residents rested at a Red Cross shelter set up in a National Guard armory. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 26 Mar. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Red Cross.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Red Cross was in 1866

Dictionary Entries Near Red Cross

Cite this Entry

“Red Cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

red cross

: a red cross on a white background used as an emblem for hospitals and for an international organization that provides aid especially in areas of war or disaster

Medical Definition

Red Cross

: a red Greek cross on a white ground adopted by the Geneva convention of 1864 as the emblem to identify noncombat installations, vehicles, and personnel ministering to the sick and wounded in war and now used as the emblem of the International Red Cross and its affiliates not only in war but in disaster relief and other humanitarian services

More from Merriam-Webster on Red Cross

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!