rusticism

noun
rus·​ti·​cism | \ ˈrəstəˌsizəm \
plural -s

Definition of rusticism

: a rustic phrase, manner of speaking, habit, or custom now and then a home rusticism is fresh and startling— Charles Lamp

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First Known Use of rusticism

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rusticism was in 1749

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“Rusticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rusticism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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