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

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 Genesis draws on the country’s folkloric and rural past, presenting art, rugs, homewares, objets d'art and fashion in tactile natural textures with a focus on hand-craftsmanship. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Born to a 12-year old mother whose pregnancy was the result of a rape, Barnette was raised on a pig farm in rural Alabama. Charlotte Alter, Time, 17 May 2022 Most deaths happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Calpe’s first feature as a director, a rural father-son relationship drama marking him out as a talent to track. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 17 May 2022 Jack Miller, a political science professor at Portland State University, says McCleod-Skinner's previous runs demonstrate an ability to appeal to Republicans in a district that has become more rural. Byaveri Harper, ABC News, 17 May 2022 There must be a balance between growth and preservation to ensure that our county is economically strong while retaining our open space, environmental resources, and rural character. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Bloomingdale, for instance, rhapsodized about her grandmother, who lived in a rural town three hours from Dallas but would drive in to meet with her personal shopper at Neiman Marcus. Max Berlinger, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Most deaths happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times. Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Rural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rural. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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rural

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

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

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