rustic

adjective
rus·​tic | \ ˈrə-stik How to pronounce rustic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly rustical \ ˈrə-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce rustical (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

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 How to pronounce rustically (audio) \ adverb
rusticity \ ˌrə-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rusticity (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 Saison: Originally brewed in winter by Belgian farmers for summer consumption, the rustic style has seen a revival in popularity among U.S. craft beer drinkers. oregonlive.com, "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 Its 50 keys are scattered among luxury rustic-style cottages that sit alongside a creek on 3,000 pristine acres that are yours for hiking, skeet shooting, fishing and ranching. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 His involvement with Il Cantinori in Greenwich Village 35 years ago brought rustic Tuscan style to New York’s Italian restaurant scene. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Coco Pazzo Returns With a Tuscan Double-Header," 27 Mar. 2018 Because of its international history, the look is at home in European, Asian, American, Modern, or rustic-style homes, Mayer said. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "400-year-old Delftware is the latest home decor trend," 9 Jan. 2018 His fireside wisdom can be channeled at his ranch, now a state historic park, with a polo field, stables, hiking paths and rustic lodge. Los Angeles Times, "Getting to know famous people through their (now historic) houses," 17 Sep. 2019 An extra-special indulgence at this restored rustic beauty is the winemaker’s dinner series featuring Oregon wines, a six-course gourmet meal and unforgettable snowmobile transportation between the lodge and hut. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Head to Mount Hood any time of year: Gerry Frank’s picks," 15 Sep. 2019 Easy hikes lead through a coniferous forest to a rustic beach. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 Hong was plucked from her role as chef de cuisine at Meadowood, leaving behind her tweezers for a more rustic kind of cooking. Katianna Hong, Bon Appétit, "I Used to Love the Fine-Dining Grind. Then I Wanted to Start a Family.," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, 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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rustic

adjective
How to pronounce rustic (audio)

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 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

rustic

noun

Kids Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person living or raised in the country

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