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 they’ve been revamped to exude a more rustic, outdoorsy vibe. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "First look: Great Wolf Lodge Illinois ready to welcome guests, Chance the Rapper," 21 June 2018 But they’ve been revamped to exude a more rustic, outdoorsy vibe. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Chance the Rapper leads camp kids in test run at Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee's newly renovated water park," 21 June 2018 Other materials include concrete, while details like industrial fittings, glass louvers, wood-burning stove, paneled walls, and built-in storage elevate the design beyond the rustic. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Gorgeous A-frame retreat is also off-grid," 11 May 2018 Two streets over from the main road, the idyllic rural setting is replaced by something more rustic. Latria Graham, Outside Online, "We're Here. You Just Don't See Us.," 10 Apr. 2018 Understandably, the couple took inspiration for their decor and cake from the rustic setting and, to add a pop of color, used a lot of bright florals and colorful glassware. Dobrina Zhekova, Sunset, "12 Ideas for the Perfect Camping-Inspired Wedding," 22 Jan. 2018 Hearty meals, warm beds, and rustic but comfortable cabins made the experience worth repeating for years to come. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing," 11 July 2018 Castellon’s shop at 626 E. Main St. has a chic but rustic feel to it. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018 Is there a service that would restore it to its former rustic charm? Jeanne Huber, sacbee, "No need to get all bent over sculpture rust," 22 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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The first known use of rustic was in the 15th century

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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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