Definition of red nose in English:

red nose

Pronunciation /ˌrɛd ˈnəʊz/



  • 1Especially as part of a clown's costume: a nose which has been painted red; a round red false nose worn over a person's real nose.

  • 2British A bivalve mollusc with a red foot or siphon. The wrinkled rock borer, Hiatella arctica (family Hiatellidae).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. From red + nose.