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Definition of russet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coarse homespun usually reddish-brown cloth
2 : a reddish brown
3 : any of various apples having rough russet-colored skins
4 : a usually large elongated potato especially suited for baking



Definition of russet (Entry 2 of 2)

: of the color russet

Examples of russet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the recipes that follow, medium-sized yellow potatoes are ideal, with russets as a second choice. David Tanis, New York Times, "How to Make the Most of Potatoes," 8 May 2020 Norkota is another type of russet that was developed in North Dakota. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 This one is particularly great, with a repeating none-too-busy pattern and a deep russet background. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "12 amazing things to buy from this popular Home Depot luxury brand," 26 Feb. 2020 Located about six hours north of Boston, Moosehead is blanketed in a quilt of russet leaves come autumn., "Power to the pumpkin people! Six under-the-radar autumn escapes - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Some chefs say only russet potatoes will do with their drier and fluffier texture, while others swear that Yukon Gold potatoes have a better flavor, are less mealy, and more closely resemble the potatoes cooks use in Italy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 Loose fruits and root veggies like oranges, potatoes, and watermelons differ more wildly within their own families, not to mention the battle eternally waged between the russet potato and the yam. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Amazon made a bigger camera-spying store—so we tried to steal its fruit," 26 Feb. 2020 Throughout the wash leg of the route, the soaring russet form of Panther Peak stands out to the north while a wall of smaller but equally striking pinnacles hovers over the trail. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Every great thing about the Sonoran Desert is on display in this easy hike," 15 Jan. 2020 With its first seedlings planted in 2003, Redbyrd began selling cider in 2010, turning its crop of 120 varieties of apples that include bramley, golden russet and cider apples into hard cider. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "New York’s Cideries Bring the Tradition of Wassailing to the Finger Lakes," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of russet


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for russet


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from russet, adjective, russet, from rus, rous red, from Latin russus; akin to Latin ruber red — more at red

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“Russet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of russet

: a reddish-brown color

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