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



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


rustically \ ˈrə-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rustic (audio) \ adverb
rusticity \ ˌrə-​ˈsti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rustic (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 Home Depot has desk and floor lamps in modern, industrial, classic, rustic and traditional styles. oregonlive, "Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 Along with Burnt Bean, there’s the unlikely rustic charms of Bandit BBQ inside the polished halls of Freight Gallery & Studios in the Lone Star Arts District and the creativity of The Hot Box on the Southwest Side. Mike Sutter,, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 The rustic glamour shot was snapped outside of a home, sans traditional Christmas trees or lights. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Shame on you': Candace Cameron Bure calls for 'respect' after 'haters' lambast family photo," 5 Jan. 2021 The fee to rent the rustic structures, each of which boasts a stone fireplace, went up a bit for 2021, but at $10 per night for county residents and $20 for folks from out of county, the bargain is still hard to match. cleveland, "Embrace the snow: Winter fun awaits just east of the city," 29 Dec. 2020 With private plunge pools, freestanding tubs, and climate control, the hotel’s eco-friendly dwellings are not exactly rustic. Carly Helfand, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Stunning Boutique Hotels You Can Now Book Using IHG Rewards Points," 23 Dec. 2020 Hundreds of people attended the dinner over a six-hour period on Thanksgiving Day, enjoying a sumptuous repast in the rustic yet formal dining room with a 30-foot high ceiling, stone and wooden walls and tall windows with views of Yosemite Valley. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel hosted hundreds for Thanksgiving dinner," 17 Dec. 2020 The wood is reclaimed so the look is rustic, and may include a few inconsistencies. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best TV and media stands for your home," 16 Oct. 2020 Pumpkin Planter Utilize a large pumpkin as the base of this rustic planter. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Festive Ways to Feature Fall Pumpkin Decor in Your Home," 10 Sep. 2020 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,, "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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rustic


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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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rustic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives in the country


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



Kids Definition of rustic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person living or raised in the country

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