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

Habitas Tulum, beTulum, Sanara and others, with ultra chic DJs and a relaxed vibe, are still setting the bar for barefoot luxury, shabby chic, and rustic luxe. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Billed as a museum, though it’s rustic and provides little context, tour goers can pick up a copy of Sand’s memoirs and see Chopin’s piano. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Why Winter Is the Most Inspiring Time to Visit Majorca," 25 Dec. 2018 Equal parts polished and rustic, the 1,653-square-foot house sits on a wooded plot of land, minutes away from the beach. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rustic midcentury cabin minutes from beach asks $798K," 20 Nov. 2018 There are more than 18,000 campgrounds in the U.S. ranging from rustic to luxurious. Fox News, "How to get started with your own family-friendly RV adventure," 15 Aug. 2018 On the veranda of this rustic Long Island home, the teak table is by Barlow Tyrie, the wicker chairs are by Restoration Hardware, and the antique wood chairs are from Ruby Beets. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "40 Best Small Patio Ideas For Creating An Outdoor Entertaining Space," 9 Aug. 2017 The French fashion house shared a video from the campaign in which Jennifer is seen wandering and contemplating her way through some type of rustic, ranch-like environment. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence’s New Dior Ad Is Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation," 16 Nov. 2018 The classic French elegance is merged with a rustic, country aesthetic, creating a balance between beauty and comfort. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018 The ceiling was relatively low so Mr. Sutton designed a mirrored, iron strap work frame that was given a rustic, faux-bronze treatment—also by Cardine. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "A Staircase That Takes a Step Up," 21 Aug. 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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