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

Photo: John Otis for The Wall Street Journal Mr. González says the clubs are too rustic for upper-class Colombians, who often balk at prying the disks out of the clay with their bare hands. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Other teahouse lodgings are similarly rustic but serviceable. Debbie Pappyn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trekking Nepal's Upper Mustang, a Pristine Corner of the Himalayas," 15 Oct. 2018 Renovations over the years have transformed the inn into a rustic mountain lodge with simple but comfortable rooms more affordable during the offseason, when a 50 percent discount kicks in for midweek stays. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Beaver Lodge is one of the most unique accommodations at Winvian Farm and its interior design conveys a rustic New England trapper’s cottage infused with the luxe amenities expected at a world-class resort. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 This rich and tender rustic Irish quick bread is best paired with corned beef and cabbage, beef stew, or any other hearty St. Patrick's Day meal. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Soda Bread," 6 Feb. 2019 The property, known as WestfieldLarge, is located on the Great Tew Estate—coincidentally, the same 4,000-acre grounds upon which Soho House's rustic clubhouse, Soho Farmhouse, is found, as well as David and Victoria Beckham's own countryside estate. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Here's Where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Want to Raise Their Kids," 17 Oct. 2018 The interest was sparked by much more than the house’s unusually narrow shape and rustic design. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "In Rowayton, a Narrow House That Feels Wide Inside," 22 June 2018 There's lots of rustic farmhouse home decor, textiles, fine antique furniture and accessories. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 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 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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