red·​head ˈred-ˌhed How to pronounce redhead (audio)
: a person having red hair
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Diving Ducks As the name implies, diving ducks such as greater and lesser scaup, canvasbacks, and redheads dive for their meals. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 2 Nov. 2023 Ramer, a redhead with a mustache, is descended from Mennonite pacifists on both sides of his family. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 Discovering that she’s now equipped to do her own murdering, her parents cut off her blood supply, sending Sasha to live with her cousin Denise (Noémie O’Farrell), a snarling redhead with as few qualms about killing as Sasha has kills. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 16 Sep. 2023 In the opening moments of the pilot, which aired in December 2019, a pretty redhead (Alexandra Breckenridge) drives her red BMW into a ditch on a desolate mountain road, only to be rescued by a gruff older man (Tim Matheson) who happens to be passing by in a truck. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 This hair color trend is flush with inspiration to dive into red this autumn. Check out 13 ways to wear copper hair this year. 01 Faded Copper Behold the winner of most likely to be a natural redhead. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 At the end of May, Megan Thee Stallion officially became a redhead. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 20 Sep. 2023 Public history does not feel as alluring to him as furtive genealogies of violence, dramatized in obstinate orphic repetition from one book to the next: a woman (a redhead, a divorcée, someone love-hungry and secretive) is resurrected and rescued, only to be lost again. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The event then inspired him to start formally organizing the event, which holds a 2013 entry in Guinness World Records for the largest gathering of natural redheads, with 1,672 such people in one photo. Kelly Kasulis Cho, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of redhead was in 1664

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“Redhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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red·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce redhead (audio)
: a person having red hair

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