Definition of red lead in US English:

red lead


  • A red form of lead oxide used as a pigment.

    • ‘Pigments such as red lead, white lead, Spanish brown, and indigo blue were mixed with water and size (animal skin glue) to make paint.’
    • ‘Imagine this in hand painted red lead, with two doors.’
    • ‘He rolled them in baking grease and then rolled them in red lead, lead oxide.’
    • ‘Stones and metals fall under the rulership of planets, not signs, but through its association with Mars, Scorpio is often linked with iron, ochre, bloodstone, jasper, red lead or vermilion.’


red lead

/ˈˌred ˈled/