red-car·pet | \ˈred-ˈkär-pət \

Definition of red-carpet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by ceremonial courtesy red-carpet treatment

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Definition of red carpet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Graduates from the School of Hire Education received makeovers from the Beauty Anatomy Institute, walked the red carpet and received certificates of completion as well as a superlative award. Krislyn Placide,, "Graduation ceremony honors Arc Broward students," 21 June 2018 The two walked the red carpet together Wednesday night at the CMT Awards in Nashville and then posted confirmation on their respective social media pages. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban made their relationship Instagram official," 7 June 2018 On the big night, walk the red carpet before the screenings, and get your photo taken by the paparazzi in front of the selected films' posters and the giant QCFF logo wall, printed by Putnam's Chase Graphics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 15 May 2018 The Greatest Showman actress stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet wearing a suit of armor and literally dripping in silver chains. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Zendaya Legit Wore a Suit of Armor on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 8 May 2018 In years past Beyoncé has been one of the biggest stars on the Met Gala red carpet. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Why Beyoncé and Kanye West skipped this year's Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Lately, however, Winter has opted for glam looks on the red carpet, including the premieres of Pacific Rim Uprising and The Last Movie Star. Stephanie Petit,, "Ariel Winter Steps Out in Shirt That Asks, 'Do My Nipples Offend You?'," 11 July 2018 Newslook The red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival is one swanky surface. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis inmate plays role in film but misses premiere. He's still in prison.," 9 July 2018 Villa’s album shot to #1 on Amazon, and Soriano gained a burst of attention; the Grammys red carpet had briefly given Joy Villa and Andre Soriano their 15 minutes. Elizabeth Raiss,, "Who Is Andre Soriano, The Gay, Immigrant Designer Obsessed With Donald Trump?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of red-carpet


1947, in the meaning defined above


1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for red-carpet


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

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The first known use of red-carpet was in 1934

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