rus·​set | \ ˈrə-sət \

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

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The leaves of oak trees, for example, turn reddish brown or russet. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 So Sharolyn blends brown and yellow and black and white and red, and her final coats lighten and shade the Big Idaho Potato to burbank russet verisimilitude. Bill Manny, idahostatesman, "New Big Idaho Potato has AC, a mashed-potato interior and cushy digs for Spuddy Buddy," 20 June 2018 There’s also a hefty rectangular coffee table crafted from a single slab of red Languedoc marble, which the designer says reminds him of a raw piece of meat with its russet-and-white swirl pattern. Alicia Brunker, New York Times, "In His Paris Apartment, Alexis Mabille Creates a Singular Universe," 31 May 2018 Since 2014, his program has introduced four potato varieties; in addition to the pinto gold, there were the Easton and the Sebec, both released in 2014, followed in 2015 by the Caribou russet. Dugan Arnett,, "In northern Maine, a new spud rises," 12 June 2018 Devil's Lake State Park Wisconsin's most popular state park holds that crown for a reason, with dramatic 500-foot russet bluffs surrounding a 360-acre lake. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Happy 170th birthday, Wisconsin! Here are 17 reasons why we love our state," 29 May 2018 The gorge unfurled through tunnels of forest and dog rose, opening onto russet glades of wildflowers throbbing with bees. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 For now, Sadler just obsesses over a detailed receipt for the vehicle with an ebony russet interior, premium leather, 20 speakers with subwoofers, and the technology, cargo, and towing packages. Phoebe Wall Howard,, "$92,000 Navigator delivery delayed - 'I want my toy!' buyer laments," 17 Apr. 2018 To the land-ward, russet marsh grass struck an appropriately autumnal note on this magnificently clear day with the forest ridges very blue and distinct to the west. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "As Innocuous as Plant No. 1," 10 Apr. 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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: a reddish-brown color

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