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

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

Examples of red-carpet in a Sentence

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Few moments match the uproar that occurs when Kate Moss arrives on a red carpet. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Indya Moore Honors Transgender Gun Violence Victims at Fashion Media Awards," 6 Sep. 2019 Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cara Delevingne Just Revealed Why She Keeps Her "Sacred" Relationship with Ashley Benson So Private," 3 Sep. 2019 Fellow Angels Martha Hunt, Candice Swanepoel, and Barbara Palvin also made stunning appearances on the red carpet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk Dropped an Earring on the Red Carpet and Recovered Like a Champ," 29 Aug. 2019 The family walked onto the rink with their cohort (a red carpet was rolled out). Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Canada’s elaborate citizenship ceremonies would be indoctrination if held anywhere else," 29 Aug. 2019 There were snakes — two of them! — thanks to H.E.R., who wore one coiled around her neck, and Tana Mongeau, the YouTuber who wore hers like a boa (get it? — heh), on the red carpet. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste," 28 Aug. 2019 Women at work don’t pause to have their pictures taken on the red carpet. Leah Garchik,, "The indisputable, sometimes contradictory, rules of gala gowns," 28 Aug. 2019 Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Cara Delevingne explains why she kept romance with Ashley Benson a secret: 'It's sacred'," 13 Aug. 2019 The singer kicked off her VMAs career on a strong note, interviewing celebs on the red carpet. Maggie Malach,, "A Complete History of Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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