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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rurality \ ru̇-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce rurality (audio) \ noun
rurally \ ˈru̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce rurally (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 That background has also inspired a traditional exhibition, deliberately old-fashioned at first, with a few artifacts—a school desk, a high-school history textbook—along with images and text panels outlining small-town rural life. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "I Like Ike(’s Museum)," 15 Jan. 2020 That's the lesson Michigan is learning on the 600-plus miles of rural freeways where the speed limit was raised from 70 mph to 75 mph thanks to a 2017 law. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Michigan's 75-MPH Speed Limit Has Made Highways More Dangerous," 15 Jan. 2020 Britain’s leading post-modern rural consultancy’’ — survivors include two children, Sam and Lucy Scruton; and two sisters. Harrison Smith,, "Roger Scruton, British philosopher and conservative lightning rod," 14 Jan. 2020 The last presidential election showed that rural America is very different than urban America. CNN, "The Democratic candidates may be in Iowa, but they're ignoring the decline of rural America," 14 Jan. 2020 The ballot initiative dictates that the wolves be reintroduced to the more rural, western slope of Colorado, not the east slope where the cities like Colorado Springs, Denver and Ft. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Colorado Braces for Wolves as Politics Clash with Wildlife Management," 13 Jan. 2020 Right now, rural callers are often rerouted several times before they are connected to an emergency communications center that can dispatch troopers. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "911 upgrades will track caller location, provide call-back numbers for dispatchers," 13 Jan. 2020 The three cemeteries, along with two churches and two schools, were the hub of the rural black settlement there that Fly has dubbed the Griffin-Hockley-Winters enclave. Vincent T. Davis,, "Conservationists and descendants explore forgotten San Antonio African American cemetery," 12 Jan. 2020 Authorities released helicopter footage that showed the rescue of an Alaska man whose rural cabin burned to the ground and was forced to survive for nearly a month. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "VIDEO: Alaska man who spent more than 20 days in subzero temperatures rescued," 11 Jan. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rural

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


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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