Meaning of RED in English

RED

/ red; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective ( red·der , red·dest ) ( informal )

1.

having the colour of blood or fire :

a red car

The lights (= traffic lights) changed to red before I could get across.

2.

( of the eyes ) bloodshot (= with thin lines of blood in them) or surrounded by red or very pink skin :

Her eyes were red from crying.

3.

( of the face ) bright red or pink, especially because you are angry, embarrassed or ashamed :

He stammered something and went very red in the face.

( BrE )

She went red as a beetroot .

( NAmE )

She went red as a beet .

4.

( of hair or an animal's fur ) reddish-brown in colour :

a red-haired girl

red deer

—see also redhead

5.

( informal ) (sometimes disapproving , politics ) having very left-wing political opinions

—compare pink

►  red·ness noun [ U , sing. ]:

You may notice redness and swelling after the injection.

IDIOMS

- red in tooth and claw

- a red rag to a bull

—more at paint verb

■ noun

1.

[ C , U ] the colour of blood or fire :

She often wears red.

the reds and browns of the woods in the fall (= of the leaves)

I've marked the corrections in red (= in red ink) .

The traffic lights were on red.

2.

[ U , C ] red wine :

Would you prefer red or white?

an Italian red

3.

[ C ] ( informal ) ( disapproving , politics ) a person with very left-wing political opinions

—compare pinko

IDIOMS

- be in the red

- see red

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English rēad , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rood and German rot , from an Indo-European root shared by Latin rufus , ruber , Greek eruthros , and Sanskrit rudhira red.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.