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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The red hot metro Milwaukee housing market posted its best March sales in a dozen years, even amid rising prices and a tight inventory of houses for sale. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Metro Milwaukee housing market remained red hot in March," 12 Apr. 2018 On this day, lovers, neighbors, children, and friends gather around a BBQ, cold beers sweating in hand, to stare into piles of pork belly, strip steak, burger patties, and row after row of red hot dogs. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Lili Reinhart is rocking a red hot ensemble at the Golden Globes this year, but there was one person who was missing. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Just Walked Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet Without Cole Sprouse," 7 Jan. 2019 First up: a red hot ode to Tom Ford and his ’90s and early ’00s work at YSL and Gucci. Monica Kim, Vogue, "James Veloria Christens JV Retreat—A Red Hot Vintage Playroom—With a ’90s Tom Ford Sale," 15 Nov. 2018 That helps explain why the dispute over a new state law limiting police interaction with ICE is red hot in Escondido, but not in Oceanside, El Cajon or Chula Vista. Michael Smolens,, "Most police agencies didn't work much with ICE before sanctuary law," 15 Apr. 2018 While the suburban Milwaukee market for single-family homes remains red hot, condominiums for sale in the heart of the city of Milwaukee are selling at a relatively fast pace, too. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Diggs offers a tour of downtown Milwaukee condos," 30 May 2018 Some of the biggest jumps are in markets that have been red hot over the last 5 years, namely the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Denver. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Home prices have finally hit a wall on the West Coast," 16 Oct. 2018 Zesty items like hot peppers and red hot chili flakes get their heat from a group of molecules called capsaicinoids, specifically one known as capsaicin. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Here's Exactly What to Do If You Get Something Spicy on Your Vulva or Vagina," 12 Oct. 2018

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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


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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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