red zone


Definition of red zone

: the area of a football field inside an opponent's 20-yard line

Examples of red zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fans and former players in the wake of Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M have criticized O’Brien’s decision to pass instead of run inside the red zone. Mike Rodak |, al, 14 Oct. 2021 The fumble was Harris’s second of the season, both coming inside the red zone., 12 Oct. 2021 The former University of Florida standout also ran a play inside the red zone as the wildcat quarterback. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 The Patriots made the mistake moot, stopping the Buccaneers on third down just inside the red zone. Kyle Hightower, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 Rock Ya-Sin ripped a fumble out of NIck Westbrook-Ikhine's hands inside the red zone. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2021 But after going three-and-out on their opening drive, the Saints got efficient, sweeping down the field mixing runs and passes, and a long third-down conversion to get inside the red zone. Kyle Hightower,, 26 Sep. 2021 McNeese’s offense threatened in the second half but was turned away on its first drive when Jay alumn Moses Reynolds stopped Dontay Hargove for no gain on fourth and 1 inside the red zone. Jim Martinez, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Sep. 2021 Murray and Freeman appear to be the Ravens’ top rushers inside the red zone. Mike Preston,, 20 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'red zone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of red zone

1972, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About red zone

Time Traveler for red zone

Time Traveler

The first known use of red zone was in 1972

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near red zone

red zinc ore

red zone


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for red zone

Last Updated

17 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Red zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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