If you have steak you can eat it rare; medium-rare (cooked a bit longer
and just red in the middle)...

What is the role of "red" in this sentence? Is it a noun or an adjective?

What function does the expression "just red" have — is it like an adverb for cooking or something?

  • rare? I'm finding it hard to understand the sentence. Or it's red...a medium-red?
    – Maulik V
    Mar 1, 2014 at 12:50
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    – J.R.
    Mar 1, 2014 at 12:59
  • Oh, I thought you explained the phrase medium-rare in the brackets in your own words! Well, still... red is adjective there.
    – Maulik V
    Mar 1, 2014 at 13:15

1 Answer 1


The word red in this parenthetical statement is an adjective; it simply refers to the middle of the steak being cooked long enough to be "just red" in the middle, like the steak in the bottom left corner:

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Image from Steak Buenos Aires

  • i don't know if i can express myself correctly here but i mean how you use the part "just red" in the sentence - is it like an adverb for cook or something ? Mar 1, 2014 at 17:50
  • Ah! Good question. Check out meanings 9, 10, 11, 12 at this dictionary. So, just red could mean "a little red" (def. 12) or "precisely red – not reddish-pink" (def. 11). I think what it means in this context – just red in the middle – is "only red in the middle, not red all the way through" (def. 10). Worded another way: looking at the picture, a medium rare steak is red only in the middle, but a rare steak is red almost all the way through.
    – J.R.
    Mar 1, 2014 at 18:10

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