\ˈred-ˈhät \

Definition of red-hot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: extremely hot: such as

a : glowing with heat

b : exhibiting or marked by intense emotion, enthusiasm, or violence a red-hot campaign

c : fresh, new red-hot news

d : extremely popular

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Definition of red hot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who shows intense emotion or partisanship

3 : a small red candy strongly flavored with cinnamon

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Examples of red-hot in a Sentence


the inflammatory language favored by the red hots is simply polarizing voters and stifling all dialogue

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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First Known Use of red-hot


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of red-hot was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of red-hot

: glowing red because of being very hot

: extremely hot

: very active or successful



Kids Definition of red-hot

1 : glowing red with heat red-hot coals

2 : very active or successful a red-hot team

3 : extremely popular a red-hot fashion

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