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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

Noun the inflammatory language favored by the red hots is simply polarizing voters and stifling all dialogue
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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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“Red-hot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce red hot (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of red-hot

: glowing red because of being very hot
: extremely hot
: very active or successful


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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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