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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 Glazed legs slightly askew, and ringlets of blond, chestnut, ebony, and russet. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Enriquez mixed the russet powder with dirt, gesso and paint and smeared it on canvases. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Red-skinned potatoes deliver a creamier result than russet potatoes. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 Color schemes, many nature-inspired, are moving to the warm end of the spectrum, too — russet and oxblood, hunter greens and moss tones, navy hues, earthy oranges and curry yellows, along with grays with green undertones. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The trap afforded a rare up-close view of a groundhog: sleekly sturdy, with small, serious eyes, delicate whiskers and fur that shaded from auburn on her broad chest to a mélange of chestnut, straw and russet across the rest of her body. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 Creaminess, granted by the mealy texture of russet potatoes, is important; and the outside should be taut and golden. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2022 Annie Flanders, the ardent, russet-haired founding editor of Details magazine, the proudly independent chronicle of Downtown Manhattan in the 1980s, died on March 10 at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 At this build-your-spud-own spot, the assembly line starts with a choice of a russet (starting at $9) or sweet potato (starting at $9.25). Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of russet was in the 13th century

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14 Aug 2022

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“Russet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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