red: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (red), [key]
— n., adj., red•der, red•dest.
  1. any of various colors resembling the color of blood; the primary color at one extreme end of the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 610 and 780 nm.
  2. something red.
  3. (often cap.) a radical leftist in politics, esp. a communist.
  4. See(def. 1).
  5. red wine: a glass of red.
  6. Also calleda capsule of the drug secobarbital, usually red in color.
  7. operating at a loss or being in debt (opposed to in the black): The newspaper strike put many businesses in the red.
  8. See(def. 16).
  9. to become very angry; become enraged: Snobs make her see red.
  1. of the color red.
  2. having distinctive areas or markings of red: a red robin.
  3. of or indicating a state of financial loss or indebtedness: the red column in the ledger.
  4. radically left politically.
  5. (often cap.) communist.
  6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of North American Indian peoples: no longer in technical use.


Pronunciation: (red), [key]
— red, red•ding.
  1. redd.


Pronunciation: (red), [key]
  1. a male or female given name.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbefore a vowel or h in some words: redintegrate.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a native English suffix, denoting condition, formerly used in the formation of nouns: hatred; kindred.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also:
  • red (Thesaurus)