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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are rustic cabins, a spa with six treatment tents, and 180 horses. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "New Countryside Getaways with Exquisite Food by Big-City Chefs," 30 Apr. 2021 Lodging options range from rustic log cabins amid the trees to duplex-style rooms. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "This cool mountain hideaway near Flagstaff is ready for summer. Here’s how to plan a trip," 29 Apr. 2021 This table-and-chairs set is just the right amount of rustic, and white enamelware pops when set atop the warm-toned wood. Angela Serratore, Country Living, "5 Summer-Ready Patio Looks (And The Furniture and Decor To Make It Happen)," 8 Apr. 2021 The rustic cabins of Turneffe Flats’s first incarnation have come a long way. Washington Post, "With covid protocols, a Caribbean fly-fishing haven is back in business," 2 Apr. 2021 The park is home to rustic cabins and primitive campsites for tents and RVS. oregonlive, "Head to Oregon’s high desert for a spring break with open spaces," 21 Mar. 2021 Of course, that sense of a rustic or a less manicured mise-en-scène is only a mirage. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In his tasty new short ‘The Human Voice,’ Pedro Almodóvar revisits without repeating," 11 Mar. 2021 Those views, plus family-style dinners in the dining room, rustic log cabins, kerosene lamps, and heavy Hudson's Bay wool blankets. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "Plan Your Best Vacation Ever," 9 Mar. 2021 Togwotee Mountain Lodge has 54 rustic cabins with kitchenettes. Christine Sarkis, USA TODAY, "Planning a vacation with your COVID-19 bubble: Pick from private tours, camping, luxury options," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Combining the rustic with the modern was deliberate. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "150-year-old Fredericksburg ranch house transformed into a chic Airbnb by year-long renovation," 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, "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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“Rustic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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