rural

adjective
ru·​ral | \ ˈru̇r(-ə)l How to pronounce rural (audio) , ˈrər(-ə)l \

Definition of rural

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

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Other Words from rural

rurality \ ru̇-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce rural (audio) \ noun
rurally \ ˈru̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce rural (audio) , ˈrər-​ \ adverb

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Examples of rural in a Sentence

She lives in a rural area. grew up in a rural community where more than half the people were farmers
Recent Examples on the Web Letlow, of Start, a small rural community east of Monroe, beat out Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, also a Republican, in a runoff election to succeed Abraham on Dec. 5th. Sam Karlin, NOLA.com, "Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, dies from coronavirus complications; 'we're all in disbelief'," 29 Dec. 2020 After graduating from the top of his graduating class in the rural community of Chevak, Ulroan, who is Cup’ik, enrolled at UAA to study engineering. Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the Alaska students who are earning bachelor’s degrees - as teenagers," 24 Dec. 2020 In January, the shooting victim, Fred Swearengin, was found dead at the bottom of a bluff in the rural community of Hytop. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Former Jackson County Commission chairman cites health reasons for resignation," 23 Dec. 2020 Saavedra works on a team of 15, but is just one of three contact tracers who speaks Spanish in the county’s Department of Health and Environment, which serves a mostly rural community largely supported by winter tourism. NBC News, "Contact tracers connect those exposed to crucial social services," 19 Dec. 2020 Earlier this month, the Cerritos fire broke out near the rural community of Nuevo in Riverside County, prompting evacuations. Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times, "Riverside County fire grows to 1,933 acres but evacuation warning is lifted," 13 Dec. 2020 Hari is the leader of an anti-government militia group called the White Rabbits based in Clarence, Ill., a rural community about 120 miles south of Chicago where Hari, Morris and McWhorter lived. Mohamed Ibrahim, chicagotribune.com, "Prosecutors cite Illinois man’s anti-Islamic writings as Minnesota mosque bombing case goes to jury," 9 Dec. 2020 Hari is the leader of an anti-government militia group called the White Rabbits based in Clarence, Ill., a rural community about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of Chicago where Hari, Morris and McWhorter lived. Mohamed Ibrahim, Star Tribune, "Judge hears closing arguments in Minnesota mosque attack," 8 Dec. 2020 The song recounts Guyton’s childhood growing up in Texas and the struggles that came with being black in a rural community. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ is the undisputed song of 2020," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rural

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rural

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

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The first known use of rural was in the 15th century

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rural. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for rural

rural

adjective
How to pronounce rural (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rural

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

rural

adjective
ru·​ral | \ ˈru̇r-əl How to pronounce rural (audio) \

Kids Definition of rural

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

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