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rural

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adjective ru·ral \ˈru̇r-əl\

Simple Definition of rural

  • : of or relating to the country and the people who live there instead of the city

Full Definition of rural

  1. :  of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture

ru·ral·i·ty play \ru̇-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun
ru·ral·ly play \ˈru̇r-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of rural

  1. She lives in a rural area.

  2. <grew up in a rural community where more than half the people were farmers>



Origin of rural

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ruralis, from rur-, rus open land — more at room


First Known Use: 15th century

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RURAL Defined for Kids

rural

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adjective ru·ral \ˈru̇r-əl\

Definition of rural

  1. :  relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture





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