red-car·​pet | \ˈred-ˈkär-pət \

Definition of red-carpet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by ceremonial courtesy red-carpet treatment

red carpet


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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Casey Spooner may have developed a whole nude philosophy around sheer menswear dressing, and Lil Uzi Vert may have worn a similarly gauzy blouse on the red carpet last year, but Rocky’s clearly putting his own futuristic spin on the dainty trend. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A$AP Rocky Pulls Off a Very Tricky Sheer Shirt," 30 Nov. 2018 On the red carpet, Halsey took the whole lingerie as an outfit yet another step further wearing a black teddy with a bra and underwear. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore Her Bra and Underwear as an Outfit on the Red Carpet," 9 Nov. 2018 Dakota Johnson brought her grandmother Tippi Hedren to a red carpet premiere. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Dakota Johnson Just Brought Her Grandma, Tippi Hedren, to the Premiere of Suspiria," 25 Oct. 2018 Farrah Abraham is making a splash on the red carpet just three days after being released from jail. Mike Miller,, "Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham Steps Out After Arrest for Battery at the MTV Movie & TV Awards," 16 June 2018 So this year her most ardent fans, known as the Beyhive, were looking forward to the singer serving up her best fashion on the red carpet. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Why Beyoncé and Kanye West skipped this year's Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Even without her visor, the hood of her fitted black hoodie comes up over her head, and her chest is curved inward, her guardedness a contrast to her open smile and bearing on TV talk shows and red carpets. Meredith Talusan, SELF, "Trans Is Beautiful: Laverne Cox on the Work of Self-Love," 17 Oct. 2018 In recent years, Parker has become something of a book whisperer to her followers, sharing the novels she's loved on Instagram and even appearing on the red carpet last month with a copy of the newest Ottessa Moshfegh book. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fatima Farheen Mirza Has the Book for Your Spain Road Trip," 24 Aug. 2018 The duo arrived to the Met Gala red carpet together, both wearing Ralph Lauren ensembles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: Everything To Know About Their Relationship," 27 July 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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