rus·​set | \ ˈrə-sət How to pronounce russet (audio) \

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 Still pools, clear cascades and tumbling mini waterfalls reflect russet rock walls and leafy fringes for many perfect photo ops. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Avoid the Water Wheel crowds on this East Verde River hike near Payson. Here's how," 16 Apr. 2021 Centuries of paint, layer upon layer, peel away, a palimpsest of fine intentions measured in the warm earth tones of the south—terra-cotta, russet, rose madder, ocher; colors that were the latest thing in Caesar's day. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Joy of Seeing Rome Anew," 22 Mar. 2021 Peel 2 pounds of russet potatoes, cut them into 2-inch chunks and place them into the slow cooker. Kellie Speed,, "How to cook a pot roast in a slow cooker," 7 Mar. 2021 But as snow cover has decreased in Finland, russet owls grew from about 12% of the population in the early 1960s to 40% in 2010. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "Will climate change make animals darker—or lighter?," 30 Dec. 2020 Use the right kind of starchy potato that turns soft and fluffy when cooked, such as russet or Yukon gold, instead of waxy varieties, such as red-skinned new potatoes. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, "Oops, My Mashed Potatoes are Soupy. Here's How to Thicken Them," 7 Feb. 2021 My face, by comparison, looks like a russet potato with eye slits scooped out with a spoon. New York Times, "The Many Lives of Steven Yeun," 3 Feb. 2021 To get extra-crisp skins, bake large russet potatoes, scoop out the flesh (turn it into potato pancakes the next day), brush the insides with butter, sprinkle with salt, and bake the empty skins a second time. Jill Gibson,, "Recipe: Crispy, cheesy potato skins and spicy sausage are an old Super Bowl favorite," 2 Feb. 2021 Tawny owls in Finland are either russet or pale gray, with the gray providing camouflage against snow. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "Will climate change make animals darker—or lighter?," 30 Dec. 2020

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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 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of russet

: a reddish-brown color

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