red·​head | \ ˈred-ˌhed \

Definition of redhead

1 : a person having red hair
2 : a North American duck (Aythya americana) resembling the related canvasback but having a shorter bill with a black tip and in the male a brighter reddish head

Examples of redhead in a Sentence

Her brothers are both redheads.

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The transformation marks Hathaway’s initiation into a club of famous Hollywood redheads who have embraced the fiery, eye-catching hue to spectacular effect. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Anne Hathaway Says Hello to Shocking Red Hair—and Goodbye to Girl-Next-Door Brunette," 21 Nov. 2018 Read on to find out if any of your favorite redheads might actually be blondes or brunettes, after all. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "9 Famous Red-Haired Celebrities Who Aren't Natural Redheads," 6 Jan. 2018 Getty Images Madelaine Petsch is the actor/redhead/villain/heroine/human of my dreams. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Madelaine Petsch Uses This $14 Eyebrow Gel," 16 July 2018 Meanwhile, redheads and anyone with hair that's anything other than stick straight are still waiting for an accurate representation of themselves on keyboards. Madeline Buxton,, "Apple's Memoji Are Gender Neutral — Here's Why That Matters," 5 June 2018 The redhead kid with the nickname Big Ragu came off the bench to score 31 points Monday and lift ‘Nova to another blowout tournament victory — this time 79-62 over Michigan for its second title in three seasons. Eddie Pells,, "Donte DiVincenzo leads Villanova to NCAA title," 3 Apr. 2018 Caucasians tend to go gray earlier — and redheads earliest of all. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Gray Hair," 27 July 2018 Like most redheads, my hair is on the lighter side and without a heavy-duty dose of pigment, my almost-transparent brows would completely disappear. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The $12 Eyebrow Pencil Every Redhead Should Have in Her Makeup Bag," 19 Oct. 2018 The Queen Mother's reported decision to leave Harry with a bigger portion of the money is thought to be down to logic, regarding their place in the line of succession rather than a secret preference for cheeky redheads. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Inherited More Money Than Prince William When Their Great-Grandmother Died," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of redhead

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of redhead

: a person who has red hair


red·​head | \ ˈred-ˌhed \

Kids Definition of redhead

: a person having reddish hair

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