red-car·​pet | \ ˈred-ˈkär-pət How to pronounce red-carpet (audio) \

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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Rodriguez and Lopez hit the red carpet for the Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez First Met in 2005 & Reconnected 12 Years Later," 10 Mar. 2019 The couple is very private, but Lisa occasionally joins Lionel and his children on the red carpet for an awards show or special event. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Lionel Richie's Marriages and Relationships," 3 Mar. 2019 Vietnamese officials rolled out the red carpet for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Tuesday ahead of his second summit with President Trump. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Arrives in Vietnam for Second Summit With North Korean Leader," 26 Feb. 2019 Everyone's favorite home improvement mentor and spiritual guide, Marie Kondo, has stepped out on the red carpet at the 91st Academy Awards—and her look does not disappoint. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Marie Kondo Is Sparking Joy on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 The pair walked the red carpet for their second time ever as a couple and packed on hella PDA. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Together Amid Engagement Rumors," 11 Feb. 2019 Halsey hit the red carpet for the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas wearing a dress that was basically just a continuous strand of diamond necklaces. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore a Bunch of Layered Necklaces as a Gown and That's It," 19 Nov. 2018 Disney Channel actors, Radio Disney singers and social media superstars hailed the red carpet for an afternoon dedicated to new faces and nostalgia at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Friday (June 23) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Sabrina Carpenter, Echosmith & More Celebrate Breakout Stars and Icons at Radio Disney Music Awards," 23 June 2018 Cue the fan freakout: Lili and Cole walked the very fashionable Met Gala red carpet together. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Best Moments of 2018," 28 Dec. 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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