rustic

adjective
rus·tic | \ˈrə-stik \
variants: or less commonly rustical \ˈrə-sti-kəl \

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

rustic

noun

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

Adjective

rustically \ˈrə-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
rusticity \ˌrə-ˈsti-sə-tē \ 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

But when they were done, the rustic style of the home was always taken into consideration. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 Built in 2007, the three-story, 7,303-square-foot main residence is a rustic cabin-like home that features iron and wood accents that have been reclaimed from the Old Sears' building in Chicago. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Issa Rae Wears Belt With N-Word And Roasts Kanye West At CFDA Awards," 5 June 2018 His flavors may feel rustic, but the presentation is anything but. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Pittsburgh, America's Most Underrated City," 17 Aug. 2016 For your overnight stays, choose a rustic private cabin or grab a bunk in the lodge rooms with common areas. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Leave the kids behind: Summer camp for adults," 6 July 2018 Nine rustic cabins are available for weeklong stays. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Tom Stienstra: California’s 25 best cabins on golden ponds," 20 June 2018 Murcko also designed the restaurant’s décor, which offers a rustic yet industrial feel. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Food find: The hottest restaurant in Park City," 27 Mar. 2018 From wood-slab chargers to handmade soap tied with flannel, every detail enhanced the rustic forest feel. Dobrina Zhekova, Sunset, "12 Ideas for the Perfect Camping-Inspired Wedding," 22 Jan. 2018 Here are few ideas: Serve on crostini (little toasts) or grilled rustic bread on its own or topped with fresh herbs (like basil), a drizzling of olive oil and sprinkling of freshly ground black and coarse sea salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, Philly.com, "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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rustic

Adjective

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

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More Definitions for rustic

rustic

adjective

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

rustic

noun

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

: a person who lives in the country

rustic

adjective
rus·tic | \ˈrə-stik \

Kids Definition of rustic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or suitable for the country

3 : made from rough wood rustic furniture

rustic

noun

Kids Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person living or raised in the country

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