Meaning of RED in English


I. ˈred adjective

( red·der ; red·dest )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English rēad; akin to Old High German rōt red, Latin ruber & rufus, Greek erythros

Date: before 12th century


a. : of the color red

b. : having red as a distinguishing color



(1) : flushed especially with anger or embarrassment

(2) : ruddy , florid

(3) : being or having skin of a coppery hue

b. : bloodshot

eyes red from crying

c. : being in the color range between a moderate orange and russet or bay

d. : tinged with red : reddish

3. : heated to redness : glowing


a. : inciting or endorsing radical social or political change especially by force

b. often capitalized : communist

c. often capitalized : of or relating to a communist country and especially to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

- red in tooth and claw

II. noun

Date: before 12th century

1. : a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum

2. : red clothing

the lady in red

3. : one that is of a red or reddish color: as

a. : red wine

b. : an animal with a red or reddish coat


a. : a pigment or dye that colors red

b. : a shade or tint of red


a. : one who advocates the violent overthrow of an existing social or political order

b. capitalized : communist


[from the bookkeeping practice of entering debit items in red ink]

: the condition of showing a loss — usually used with the

in the red

— compare black

III. abbreviation

reduce; reduction

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.