red ADJECTIVE (redder, reddest) 1) of a colour at the end of the spectrum next to orange and opposite violet, as of blood, fire, or rubies. 2) (of a person's face) red due to embarrassment, anger, or heat. 3) (of hair or fur) of a reddish-brown colour. 4) (of wine) made from dark grapes and coloured by their skins. 5) informal, chiefly derogatory communist or socialist. 6) archaic or literary involving bloodshed or violence.
NOUN 1) red colour, pigment, or material. 2) informal, chiefly derogatory a communist or socialist. 3) (the red) the situation of having spent more than is in one's bank account.
the red planet — Cf. ↑the red planet
see red — Cf. ↑see red
DERIVATIVES reddish adjective reddy adjective redly adverb redness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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