red-carpet

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adjective

red-car·​pet ˈred-ˈkär-pət How to pronounce red-carpet (audio)
: marked by ceremonial courtesy
red-carpet treatment

red carpet

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noun

: a greeting or reception marked by ceremonial courtesy
usually used in the phrase roll out the red carpet

Examples of red-carpet in a Sentence

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Adjective
Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping put their countries’ partnership on red-carpet display in Beijing on Thursday, aiming to project a unified alternative to the West as each faces pressure amid Moscow’s war on Ukraine. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 The red-carpet treatment by Serbia and Hungary has worried some of their Western partners, which see China’s incursion into the region as both an economic and security risk. Justin Spike, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024 But despite the parties on the sparkling Riviera, the red-carpet haute couture and the superficial gloss of the entertainment industry, the movie business has lost some of its luster. Brent Lang, Variety, 9 May 2024 But for White’s signature red-carpet curls, Fee dries the hair about 80 percent with a diffuser, allowing the rest to air dry. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 Yet amid the glamour, Stray Kids fans — and, possibly, some of the members themselves — were left with the experience marred by their disrespectful treatment by red-carpet photographers, highlighting the systemic barriers still faced by non-Western artists in Hollywood. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 9 May 2024 At the very least, Xi’s red-carpet treatment in Europe will be grist for China’s domestic propaganda mill, presenting China’s leader as someone Western counterparts fawn over and beg to solve all their problems. TIME, 8 May 2024 The announcement set the stage for some of the celebrities who Anthony and her co-hosts, Gwendoline Christie and Ashley Graham, interviewed throughout the night who also showcased their sustainable red-carpet choices. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 This series, which had a relatively long five-season run on Bravo, chronicled the endless schlepping that goes into creating red-carpet glamour. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024
Noun
See reclusive Michael Richards reunite with Jerry Seinfeld on first red carpet in 9 years Seinfeld also bemoaned comedians who overshare about their personal lives on podcasts. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 9 May 2024 Hollywood's hottest heartthrobs have been embracing fashion trends in a big way Hollywood's leading men are no longer content being basic on the red carpet. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 The prosthetic process was extremely thorough; Alexis Stone scanned Cardi's face, neck, and hands prior to the Gala, then created 18 pieces of prosthetics to be worn on the red carpet, and each prosthetic was painstakingly applied to the star's face and body. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 9 May 2024 The ceremony, which is set to take place in London on May 12, will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan while Michelle Visage and Tom Allen are hosting the BAFTA red carpet. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 9 May 2024 Shortly afterward, the stars — who’ve been dating since the beginning of the year — posed separately on the red carpet, Carpenter modeling a custom black-and-baby-blue Oscar De La Renta gown. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 8 May 2024 And there’s no superior way to uncover the best of affordable beauty than by looking at red carpet picks from A-listers and their makeup artists. Erin Lassner, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 The archive ensemble, which has never been worn, electrified the red carpet with its plunging neckline, sheer cutout and more than 100,000 beads and sequins. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 Newton interviewed Maye on the red carpet before the draft, and Maye was obviously happy to talk with one of his childhood heroes. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from the traditional laying down of a red carpet for important guests to walk on

First Known Use

Adjective

1947, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-carpet was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Red-carpet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-carpet. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

red-carpet

adjective
red-car·​pet
-ˈkär-pət
: marked by ceremonial courtesy
red-carpet treatment

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