Definition of red devil in English:

red devil


  • 1In plural Usually with the and capital initials: (a name for) the Parachute Regiment of the British Army; (now more usually) the Parachute Regiment's display team.

  • 2A type of Italian hand grenade used during the Second World War (1939–45).

  • 3North American slang. = red-bird.


1940s; earliest use found in The Times. From red + devil. In sense 1 so called on account of the red berets worn by this regiment.


red devil

/ˌrɛd ˈdɛvl/