semi·​rur·​al | \ ˌse-mē-ˈru̇r-əl How to pronounce semirural (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ˈrər- \

Definition of semirural

: somewhat rural

Examples of semirural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through the 1970s, the eastern parts of Montgomery were semirural and predominantly White except for a few historically African American towns. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Annandale Acres is a diverse and welcoming community in a semirural part of Fairfax County, Va., just 13 miles outside Washington. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Bucha retains a semirural vibe despite the inevitable advance of urban sprawl: shopping centers, condo towers, health clubs. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 On the site stood three semirural villages—Palo Verde, Bishop, and La Loma—inhabited almost exclusively by Mexican Americans. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Judd made his comments just hours after the quadruple homicide unfolded in the semirural community about a half-hour east of Tampa, and his investigators were still trying to figure out what happened. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 The family settled on 2 1/2 acres of slash pine, sabal palm, and palmetto scrub in a sprawling semirural housing development on the outskirts of Naples, Florida, called Golden Gate Estates. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2021 In a broader sense, the concern among some locals is that Legoland is simply out of character for Goshen, which has a semirural feel despite being just 90 minutes from Manhattan. Charles Passy, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Some people, particularly those in urban or semirural areas, may have two fridges, but the dominant reality is quite different. Cynthia Greenlee, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of semirural

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Semirural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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