American English

Definition of red noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the color of blood or fire She often wears red. the reds and browns of the woods in the fall (= of the leaves) I marked the corrections in red (= in red ink). The traffic light was red.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] red wine Would you prefer red or white? an Italian red
  3. 3[countable] (informal) (disapproving) (politics) a person with very left-wing political opinions compare pinko
  4. Idioms
    be in the red (informal)
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    to owe money because you have spent more than you have The company has plunged $37 million into the red. My account is $100 in the red. compare be in the black
    see red (informal)
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    to become very angry People who drop litter make me see red.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: red