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

Example Sentences

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Old Hollywood reigned supreme with gowns destined for the red carpet. Claire Stern, ELLE, 26 Jan. 2023 The hottest red carpet in Hollywood is the ... American Legion? Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2023 A few years prior to getting with Butler, Hudgens had actually met his now-girlfriend, Kaia Gerber, on the red carpet of High School Musical 2. Vulture, 25 Jan. 2023 Billie Eilish already showed us how to take a literal blanket onto the red carpet, so more beddingcore can't be far behind. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 25 Jan. 2023 Luckily for us, Hathaway's go-to facialist has spilled a few details about that red carpet-worthy glow. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 24 Jan. 2023 Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are one of Hollywood's most dynamic duos on and off the red carpet. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 Anne Hathaway didn't let the cold stop her from looking picture-perfect on the Sundance red carpet. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Jan. 2023 Armendáriz turned up to the premiere in a flashy ensemble fit for both the ring and the red carpet — a multi-colored leotard, bedazzled tights and a blue satin jacket with dramatic train. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1947, in the meaning defined above


1934, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near red-carpet

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Cite this Entry

“Red-carpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: marked by ceremonial courtesy
red-carpet treatment

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