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rustic

adjective rus·tic \ ˈrəs-tik \
variants: or less commonly rustical play \-ti-kəl\

Definition of rustic

1 :of, relating to, or suitable for the country :rural
  • rustic rolling farmland
2 a :made of the rough limbs of trees
  • rustic furniture
b :finished by rusticating
  • a rustic joint in masonry
3 a :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

rustically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

rusticity

play \ˌrəs-ˈti-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of rustic in a Sentence

  1. The inn has a rustic atmosphere.

  2. rustic yokels whose first impulse was to smirk gawkily at anyone not of their own kind

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Origin and Etymology of rustic

Middle English rustik, from Latin rusticus, from rus open land — more at room


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rustic

noun

Definition of rustic

1 :an inhabitant of a rural area
2 a :an awkward coarse person
b :an unsophisticated rural person

Examples of rustic in a Sentence

  1. a rustic who was awed by the prices that city dwellers had to pay

Recent Examples of rustic from the Web

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First Known Use of rustic

circa 1550


RUSTIC Defined for English Language Learners

rustic

adjective

Definition of rustic for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or suitable for the country or people who live in the country

  • : made of rough wood


rustic

noun

Definition of rustic for English Language Learners

  • : a person who lives in the country


RUSTIC Defined for Kids

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rustic

adjective rus·tic \ ˈrə-stik \

Definition of rustic for Students

1 :relating to or suitable for the country
2 :1plain 7, simple
3 :made from rough wood
  • rustic furniture

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rustic

noun

Definition of rustic for Students

:a person living or raised in the country


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