rural

adjective
ru·​ral | \ ˈru̇r(-ə)l , 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 \ noun
rurally \ ˈru̇r-​ə-​lē , ˈrər-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for rural

Synonyms

bucolic, country, pastoral, rustic (also rustical)

Antonyms

urban

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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

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State regulators held Cabot responsible for polluting residential water wells and banned it from drilling in a 9-square-mile (23-square-kilometer) area of Dimock, a rural community 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Philadelphia. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "Gas driller backs off demand to have man thrown in jail," 4 Feb. 2019 The vaccine-carrying drone is the latest development in a trend that's seen UAVs ferry medical supplies to rural communities in the U.S. and to parts of Africa. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Drone-Delivered Vaccines Are Launching a New Era of Health Aid," 18 Dec. 2018 And as for agriculture, the report adds effects on rural communities to the obvious discussion of crop yields. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 The hotel is next to a theme park in a rural area with severe shortages of workers. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots," 14 Jan. 2019 The violence in northern Mozambique, close to Tanzania, is mostly confined to remote, rural areas and doesn’t match the reach, ferocity and sophistication of other armed movements on the continent, including al-Shabab and Boko Haram. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Opaque insurgency grinds on in gas-rich Mozambican region," 8 Jan. 2019 The couple decided to build a new home in a rural area with enough space for Shannon’s parents. Amy Paturel, Good Housekeeping, "When People Ask Me How Many Children I Have, I Don't Know What to Say," 26 Dec. 2018 The students, many of whom hear about the program through social media, are well-educated (backgrounds range from engineering to journalism), but live in rural areas with limited job prospects. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Though legal in all 50 states, this is still a growing field, so some states and rural areas may not have the same ready access to in-home options that more suburban or urban areas do. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018

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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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rural

adjective

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 \

Kids Definition of rural

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

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