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 The rest is going granular, visiting rural communities that are dying out amid a lack of jobs and crippling rates for drunken driving and opioid abuse. Washington Post, "Valerie Plame, America’s most famous ex-spy, finds her new identity," 1 Dec. 2019 The last pill mill doctor in Scioto County is headed to prison, joining several practitioners and business owners who pushed the rural community to the forefront of the state’s opioid crisis. John Caniglia, cleveland, "The end of an era: Pill mills are gone at Ohio’s opioid epicenter, but crisis continues," 1 Dec. 2019 The closure of bank branches is hurting rural communities . . . Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Crypto Needs Journalists More Than It Wants to Admit," 27 Nov. 2019 The new effort will target 500,000 voters from traditionally underrepresented groups that typically lean Democratic, including African Americans, Latinos, Asians, young voters and those living in some rural communities. Steve Peoples, azcentral, "Michael Bloomberg spending big to register voters in Arizona, 4 other states," 22 Nov. 2019 That includes appearances in rural communities that are home to corn and soybean growers who have been hurt by the President’s tariff policies. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Lauren Underwood’s Illinois District Considers Impeachment," 22 Nov. 2019 Environmentalists said the accident underscores how rural communities pay a heavy price for oil field accidents and that regulators do not enforce the law. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Majority of families return home weeks after DeWitt County blowout," 20 Nov. 2019 As rural communities across the country struggle to recruit and retain teachers, one school district in a small Colorado town is trying new tactics to attract educators. CBS News, "School district in rural Colorado invites college students to classrooms, hoping they'll return as teachers," 19 Nov. 2019 And this public option will be a crucial lifeline especially to rural communities where there may be only one or two insurance providers, leading to higher prices. Jared Polis, The Denver Post, "Polis: The next step is a Colo. public option, but for now enjoy a 20% reduction in premiums," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Rural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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