Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “red”

See all translations

red

adjective uk   /red/ (redder, reddest) us  
A1 of the colour of fresh blood: red lipstick The dress was bright red.A2 used to describe hair that is an orange-brown colourgo/turn (bright) red B2 If you go/turn red, your face becomes red because you are angry or embarrassed: Look, you've embarrassed him - he's gone bright red! If your eyes are red, the white part of your eyes and the skin around your eyes is red, because of crying, tiredness, too much alcohol, etc.
More examples
redness
noun [U] uk   /ˈred.nəs/ us  
Her scar healed, but the redness remained for a long time.

red

noun [C or U] uk   /red/ us  
A2 the colour of fresh blood: She uses a lot of reds and pinks in her paintings. I've always worn a lot of red. She was dressed all in red.
More examples
(Definition of red adjective, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of red?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “red” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More