Translation of red in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /red/

adjective/adjetivo (redder, reddest)

  • 1 1.1 [rose/dress] rojo, colorado (especially Southern Cone/especialmente Cono Sur) ; [flag/signal] rojo her eyes/hands were red tenía los ojos enrojecidos or rojos/las manos enrojecidas or rojas to go red in the face (with anger, heat) ponerse* colorado or rojo (with embarrassment) sonrojarse, ruborizarse*, ponerse* colorado or rojo there'll be a few red faces a unos cuantos se les va a caer la cara de vergüenza I went bright red me puse colorado or rojo como un tomate he has red hair es pelirrojo the (traffic) lights were red el semáforo estaba (en) rojo
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    • A red signal stops action, and green alerts the player that the coach needs his or her attention.
    • But drivers also fail to stop at red signals because they have misread a signal, or chosen to disregard it.
    • This system automatically stops the train if it passes through a red signal.
    1.2 [meat] rojo; [wine] tinto
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    • Dark red blood spilled from her arm and gathered in a pool on the ground.
    • The dark red blood forms a glaring contrast to the sickly green of the flesh.
    • He opened his mouth slightly trying to say something, but he only coughed out more dark red blood.
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    • These three grape varieties produce red wines which go lighter with age.
    • As well as being the source of red Burgundy wines, it is also a backbone of Champagne blends.
    • The principal grape used in the red wines of this region is Syrah.
  • 2
    ( also Red)
    [Politics/Política] rojo the Red Army el Ejército Rojo


  • 2 countable/numerable also
    [colloquial/familiar] [pejorative/peyorativo] rojo, (masculine, feminine) [colloquial/familiar] reds under the bed ¡que vienen los rojos or los comunistas!
  • 3 (debt) to be in/out of the red estar*/no estar* en números rojos

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.