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

Extra cabinets were added along the sides of the kitchen, with industrial-rustic touches like glass and metal mesh doors. azcentral, "Couple downsizes but upgrades their Fountain Hills home with help of former Suns player. Take a look," 8 Aug. 2019 Inside, every angle discloses vintage stuff, woodsy stuff, industrial stuff — all the design touchstones that signal BBQ in full modern-rustic mode. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Down-home BBQ gets upscale at Que Whiskey Kitchen in Southington," 1 Aug. 2019 Hickory Cabins in Mammoth Cave, just north of the park, are made by Amish craftsmen, located on a remote 86-acre lot and feature a rustic look with modern amenities. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 While some may be bothered by the imperfections, others love the rustic look and embrace the rich patina that develops over time. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 In Malibu, California Jennifer Lopez was beautifully cozy in a plaid robe jacket alongside her beau Alex Rodriguez, who channeled a hunky rustic look in a jacket with a shearling jacket. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: J-Rod Does Date Night, Cardi B Wears Bandanas," 8 Dec. 2018 The kitchens also include the wooden ceiling beams, which are combined with copper hardware giving off a rustic feel. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s Boston Mansion Is on Sale for $39,500,000," 7 Aug. 2019 Keva and Leonard are a young God-fearing couple that wanted their wedding to be both rustic and spiritual. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Keva and Leonard's Bahamian Wedding Was A Photographer's Dream," 7 Aug. 2019 The Diamond Creek wines’ style has always been restrained and rustic, privileging acidity over alcohol, highly textured and complex. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Remembering Boots Brounstein, who revolutionized the idea of Napa Valley terroir at Diamond Creek Vineyards," 6 Aug. 2019

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, 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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