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

Examples of red-carpet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While Shawn and Camila decided to walk the red carpet separately at the 2020 Grammys, the power couple reportedly had the best time together at the after party. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes' Relationship," 2 Oct. 2020 Most of my money is earned doing modeling and walking the red carpet. Anne Cohen,, "Keira Knightley’s New Movie Tackles The Objectification Of Women — She Knows All About That," 24 Sep. 2020 The 2020 Emmys doesn't have a red carpet this year, but your favorite celebrities still know how to make the voices heard. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Regina King Wore a Breonna Taylor Shirt for the Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020 The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards did not have a red carpet and many stars and nominees watched from the comfort of their home in their favorite pajamas. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "How to watch the Emmys 2020 winning TV shows: 'Schitt’s Creek,' 'Succession,' and more," 21 Sep. 2020 Ahead of her in memoriam performance at the Emmys 2020, singer H.E.R. shared a picture of her look on Instagram in lieu of walking the red carpet. Devon Abelman, Allure, "H.E.R. Wore a Bedazzled Braid for Her 2020 Emmys Performance," 21 Sep. 2020 The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards are rolling up, instead of rolling out, the red carpet. Greg Braxton,, "No red carpet? No problem. The preshows are ready for a ‘semi-glamorous’ Emmys," 18 Sep. 2020 Jerry Harris, the Navarro College cheerleader who rose to fame on the popular Netflix docuseries Cheer and covered the Oscars red carpet for the Ellen Degeneres Show, has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to the Chicago Tribune. Glamour, "Jerry Harris, of Netflix’s Cheer, Has Been Arrested on Child Pornography Charges—What We Know," 17 Sep. 2020 Harbaugh promised to roll out the red carpet for the superfan. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "This Ravens superfan died at 14. His face will fill the seats on Sunday," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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“Red-carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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