Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A US state in which a majority of the electorate votes for the Republican candidate in a statewide election.

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  • noun US (idiomatic) A state of the United States voting Republican in a given election, or tending to vote Republican in general.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the fact that states that have elected Republican candidates are often colored red on maps in media reports.]

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  • red state, blue state, purple state

    December 9, 2006