red carpet

a red strip of carpet placed on the ground for high-ranking dignitaries to walk on when entering or leaving a building, vehicle, or the like.
an area abutting the entrance to a building, usually carpeted in red, where celebrities gather and walk before participating in or taking their seats at a big event: The winning actress had of course been interviewed on the red carpet before the Academy Awards.
the activity that goes on in this area: Six reporters will be covering the red carpet at the charity's annual gala.
a display of courtesy or deference, as that shown to persons of high station: The visiting prince was treated to the red carpet in Rome.


red-carpet, adjective Unabridged
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red carpet
1.  a strip of red carpeting laid for important dignitaries to walk on when arriving or departing
2.  a.  deferential treatment accorded to a person of importance
 b.  (as modifier): the returning hero had a red-carpet reception

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