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

Her homes include a rustic cabin in Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains, about a four-hour drive east of San Francisco. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "A Celebrity Chef’s Winning Real-Estate Strategy," 12 Sep. 2018 The cozy rustic cabins each have kitchens, living rooms and can sleep from four to seven. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Turning at the mailboxes would take you down a meandering gravel road through the woods and to the Ruthvens’ rustic cabin by the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "How new artwork is meant to recall life before the deadly Oso landslide," 9 June 2018 Each year, wealthy sportsmen from the Bay Area and beyond come to the remote spot northeast of Redding where the Hills family had built a handful of rustic cabins. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "This one stretch of river could decide the future of Shasta Dam | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 Danielle and Nick's rustic wedding will be featured on the next episode, premiering Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Watch Hunter Hayes Surprise Newlyweds With Performance on 'Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings': Exclusive Video," 14 June 2018 College sweethearts tie the knot with rustic tree house wedding at the Mohicans CLEVELAND, Ohio - Marissa Evans and Brandon Andrew were college sweethearts. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Starbucks' new drink tastes like a box of Valentine's Day chocolates," 7 Feb. 2018 One option for a rustic wedding is to rent wooden farm tables, which won't need to be covered with linens. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways To Save Cash By Making Your Wedding Gorgeous And Green," 16 June 2017 So forget the summer fairy lights and start pinning rustic fall foliage wedding inspo ASAP. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "This Is the Most Popular Month for Weddings," 17 Apr. 2017

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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