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[bluhd-red] /ˈblʌdˈrɛd/
of the deep-red color of blood:
a fiery, blood-red sunset.
red with blood:
The blood-red banner symbolized the army's defeat.
Origin of blood-red
1250-1300; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for blood red
Contemporary Examples
  • Roger Federer has glided through in a stylish black shirt with blood red trim, as if to signal there will be blood.

Historical Examples
  • Polk berries made a blood red dye and was considered very beautiful.

  • The sun shines, the earth is blood red and purple and red and green and red.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Say,” she whispered suddenly, “what was that blood red light?

    The Crimson Flash Roy J. Snell
  • Dancing madly on the end of a thread was a blood red feather.

    The White Feather Hex Don Peterson
  • THE sun dropped below the forest, blood red, dyeing the river its own color.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • Your voice would make me crowd my canvas with red, blood red.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • The surf dashed and roared, lifting seaweeds of a blood red, so that in places the water looked pink.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Revenge is brighter than the sun in the heavens, for it is red, blood red.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • The upper mandible of the beak is of a blood red, with the point black; the under one is entirely black.

British Dictionary definitions for blood red

blood red

  1. a deep red colour
  2. (as adjective): blood-red roses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blood red



Old English blodread; see blood (n.) + red (adj.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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