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

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Other Words from rustic


rustically \ ˈrə-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rustically (audio) \ adverb
rusticity \ ˌrə-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rusticity (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Consider a copper farmhouse kitchen sink, an elegant feature with rustic charm. Michael Souter, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Keep your eye on healthy, more functional kitchen," 9 May 2020 French food boasts a rich and sweeping culinary history that includes rustic home cooking, elaborate court-dining masterpieces, and avant garde Parisian haute cuisine. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "65 Classic French Recipes to Add to Your Repertoire," 8 May 2020 The singer posted a photo to her Instagram Story on Saturday, showing a charming candlelit meal prepared for two at a rustic dinner table. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Posts a Photo from an Intimate Dinner Date with Rumored Boyfriend Dan Horton," 9 Sep. 2019 On the right, there’s a bar awash in neutral tones with a dramatic rustic community table and framed vintage Wente posters. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Inside Wente Vineyards’ new Livermore winery restaurant," 24 June 2019 The staff drifts into the cavernous space, where 16 bottles of wine are lined up on a pair of rustic tables. Matt Jaffe,, "Wine maverick Jim Clendenen shares favorite Santa Barbara County spots," 15 June 2018 The furnishings consisted of mid- century pieces that Komenda juxtaposed with leather sofas, rustic tables, and vintage kilim pillows. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "How to Design a Pair of Family Cabins," 22 Jan. 2018 The remote properties are anything but rough or rustic. oregonlive, "Rural Oregon estate with $1 million pool sells to buyer wanting to escape the big city," 28 Apr. 2020 The rustic main cabin and two guest cabins combine to sleep 12, and amenities include a sauna, hot tub and fire pump used to irrigate the space. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Need to escape? These islands cost less than many L.A. homes," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 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, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 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,, "Yannick has his way with Mendelssohn's symphonies in new three-disc set," 22 June 2017

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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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The first known use of rustic was in the 15th century

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rustic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rustic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suitable for the country or people who live in the country
: made of rough wood



English Language Learners Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives in the country


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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