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



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 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 The dark earth bricks produced by the rustic brickyards of the small town of Tobatí, 43 miles (70 km) from Asunción, are used to construct buildings across Paraguay. MarÍa Verza,, "Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains," 15 Oct. 2020 Jardín’s setting is part of that success, built into a rustic stone cottage with wood trim and open spaces, flanked by a genteel courtyard and the expanse of the garden grounds, with cocktails and wine to smooth things out. Mike Sutter,, "3 top San Antonio restaurants open new restaurants with style: Jardín, Ming’s and Southerleigh Haute South," 15 Oct. 2020 While every single appliance has been updated, the interior still feels like a rustic cabin thanks to thoughtful details like the vintage oven and wood paneling. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "We Toured This Tiny Cabin in the Catskill Mountains, and It's Perfect for a Nature Getaway," 13 Oct. 2020 With stained wood and stone, the exterior looks natural and rustic. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "110-acre Howell Township property comes with timber-frame home, ponds, collector's garage," 10 Oct. 2020 Covered bridges and other rustic traditions were celebrated by the historian and illustrator Eric Sloane, for whom a museum in Kent is named. Leeanne Griffin,, "Food and foliage: 6 perfect pairings to enjoy the changing colors across Connecticut and great restaurants nearby," 10 Oct. 2020 Available in three rustic stains (oak, walnut and gray), the desk comprises two wide drawers and an ultra-sturdy metal frame. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The best desks for kids of all ages," 8 Oct. 2020 With its rustic atmosphere, nearby train tracks and authentic, restored chuck wagon sitting outside, Walkdon Station, said Clayborn, is a perfect fit for the chamber. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Take a look at the League City chamber's new digs," 7 Oct. 2020 Small in size, this potted plant is a stylish option—with its attractive rustic handmade concrete pot. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best faux plants to bring a little green to your home or office," 5 Oct. 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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20 Oct 2020

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“Rustic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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