see also: Red, RED
Pronunciation Adjective

red (comparative redder, superlative reddest)

  1. Having red as its color.
    The girl wore a red skirt.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      Your colour, I warrant you, is as red as any rose.
  2. (of hair) Having an orange-brown or orange-blond colour; ginger.
    Her hair had red highlights.
  3. (card games, of a card) Of the hearts or diamonds suits. Compare black ("of the spades or clubs suits")
    I got two red queens, and he got one of the black queens.
  4. (often, capitalized) Supportive of, related to, or dominated by a political party or movement represented by the color red:
    1. Left-wing parties and movements, chiefly socialist or communist, including the U.K. Labour party and the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
      • "Only Nixon could go to China" was the refrain of conventional wisdom during Richard Nixon’s 1972 official visit to Mao Tse-tung’s regime. Nixon’s anti-communist credentials, however dubious, provided useful camouflage as he opened diplomatic relations with Red China and made breathtaking concessions that an undisguised liberal couldn’t get away with. []
      the red-black grand coalition in Germany
    2. (US, 21st century) the U.S. Republican party
      a red state
      a red Congress
  5. (chiefly, derogatory, offensive) Amerind; relating to Amerindians or First Nations
  6. (astronomy) Of the lower-frequency region of the (typically visible) part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
  7. (particle physics) Having a color charge of red.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (having red as its colour) nonred, unred
  • (having red as its colour charge) antired


  1. (countable and uncountable) Any of a range of colours having the longest wavelengths, 670 nm, of the visible spectrum; a primary additive colour for transmitted light: the colour obtained by subtracting green and blue from white light using magenta and yellow filters; the colour of blood, ripe strawberries, etc.
  2. (countable) A revolutionary socialist or (most commonly) a Communist; (usually capitalized) a Bolshevik, a supporter of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War.
  3. (countable, snooker) One of the 15 red balls used in snooker, distinguished from the colours.
  4. (countable and uncountable) Red wine.
  5. (countable, informal, UK, birdwatching) A redshank.
  6. (derogatory, offensive) An Amerind.
  7. (slang) The drug secobarbital; a capsule of this drug.
    • 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial 2005), page 202:
      The big market, these days, is in Downers. Reds and smack—Seconal and heroin—and a hellbroth of bad domestic grass sprayed with everything from arsenic to horse tranquillizers.
  8. (informal) A red light a traffic signal
  9. (Ireland, UK, beverages, informal) red lemonade
  10. (particle physics) One of the three color charges for quarks.
  11. (US, colloquial, uncountable) chili con carne (usually in the phrase "bowl of red")
    • 1982, The Rotarian (volume 140, number 1, page 39)
      Houston visited a home in an early pioneer settlement where he was offered a bowl of red. Houston eagerly took his first large spoonful. His eyes watering, he spat out his bite […]
  12. (informal) The redfish or red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, a fish with reddish fins and scales.
Translations Translations Translations Verb
  1. (archaic) Simple past tense and past participle of rede

red (reds, present participle redding; past and past participle redded)

  1. Alternative spelling of redd


red (plural reds)

  1. A Communist.
  2. A supporter of a sports team who wears red as part of their kit.
Proper noun
  1. A nickname given to someone who has or had red hair.
  1. Communist
    the Red Army


red (uncountable)

  1. Acronym of reverse electrodialysis

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