rus·​tic | \ ˈrə-stik How to pronounce rustic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rustical \ ˈrə-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce rustic (audio) \

Definition of rustic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for the country : rural rustic rolling farmland
2a : made of the rough limbs of trees rustic furniture
b : finished by rusticating a rustic joint in masonry
3a : characteristic of or resembling country people
b : lacking in social graces or polish
4 : appropriate to the country (as in plainness or sturdiness) heavy rustic boots



Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an inhabitant of a rural area
2a : an awkward coarse person
b : an unsophisticated rural person

Other Words from rustic


rustically \ ˈrə-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rustic (audio) \ adverb
rusticity \ ˌrə-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rustic (audio) \ noun

Examples of rustic in a Sentence

Adjective The inn has a rustic atmosphere. rustic yokels whose first impulse was to smirk gawkily at anyone not of their own kind Noun a rustic who was awed by the prices that city dwellers had to pay
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The seven rustic log cabins at this property are a mere mile from the park's northeast entrance in the quiet community of Silver Gate, Montana. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2022 The stay—usually three or six days—in rustic cabins or suites is all-inclusive, so the cost covers all meals, which are made from scratch by guest chefs and served buffet style. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 In the Kenai Refuge, unique features include 14 rustic cabins for rent. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2022 For those who seek more than an afternoon's visit, there are six rustic camper cabins in the Big Bog southern unit — no indoor plumbing, and bring your own bedding. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 The rustic cabins sleep two (Sunset) or three (Sunrise) guests, and both have full kitchens and bathrooms. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 The restaurant features rustic, warehouse-high ceilings, teal booths, modern white chairs and gold silverware. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 31 Mar. 2022 Sihavong described the space as rustic, industrial and clean. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2022 Or, rest your head at the rustic yet charming Agua de Vid before heading over to Tres Mujeres for a few sips in the wine cave. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Near Great Sand Dunes National Park, the rustic and clothing-optional Valley View Hot Springs allows all-night soaking (RVs welcome, though hook-ups are unavailable). Outside Online, 4 Aug. 2021 Financial issues and Brando’s concerns about damaging the fragile atoll ecosystems kept the project limited in scope: only the airstrip and a dozen rustic bungalows were ultimately built. Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The interconnected great room and kitchen blend rustic and glam decor seamlessly, using pieces from Best Made Co, Shaws, Ferguson, The Home Depot, as well as antique shops. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 28 Sep. 2021 Combining the rustic with the modern was deliberate. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2021 Among the rustics, Akaina Ghosh is sweetly doting as Silvius, a simple shepherd lovesick for Phebe, who has no interest in Silvius but becomes smitten with Ganymede. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 10 July 2019 Hudson, an English naturalist at the turn of the last century, interviewed elderly rustics who still belonged as entirely to their landscape as the wildlife. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2018 Mendelssohn was perhaps the ultimate Biedermeier composer, most inspired with his miniature Songs Without Words or when portraying the fairies and rustics of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. David Patrick Stearns,, 22 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of rustic


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rustic


Middle English rustik, from Latin rusticus, from rus open land — more at room

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rus·​tic | \ ˈrə-stik How to pronounce rustic (audio) \

Kids Definition of rustic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or suitable for the country
3 : made from rough wood rustic furniture



Kids Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person living or raised in the country

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