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 Garcia’s district includes communities like Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster, which combine semirural settings with affordable commuter housing. Stephanie Lai, Los Angeles Times, "Republican congressional wins in California won’t avert party’s ‘death spiral,’ analysts say," 4 Jan. 2021 Barry’s brother, Dennis, was born in 1948, and the family moved to Reseda, Calif., then a semirural section of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. New York Times, "Barry Lopez, Lyrical Writer Who Was Likened to Thoreau, Dies at 75," 26 Dec. 2020 That comes on top of frequent longstanding opposition of new suburban-style developments in rural and semirural areas from residents who want to keep more people and traffic congestion out of their bucolic surroundings. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wildfire threat continues to raise question about county housing projects," 20 Nov. 2020 Over the past three years wildfires have wiped out tens of thousands of homes in areas known as Wildland Urban Interface zones, semirural hillsides just outside cities such as Santa Rosa, Chico, Santa Cruz and Redding. J.k. Dineen,, "Environmentalists use wildfire danger as new weapon against housing development," 19 Oct. 2020 Its path through the south suburbs was semirural until the postwar housing boom made the surrounding population explode. Paul Eisenberg,, "Landmarks: It may play second fiddle locally to other roads, but highway named for Grant is getting a national boost," 23 Aug. 2020 Masks have been mandatory in the state capital, Melbourne, and a neighboring semirural district for the past week., "UK has Europe’s worst surge in deaths during pandemic, study says," 31 July 2020 Kris lives with her little sister and chronically ill grandmother (Keeli Wheeler) in a semirural neighborhood in Texas. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Bull’ Review: A Lot to Wrangle With," 30 Apr. 2020 The imposing Georgian mansion on the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighborhood was built as a semirural getaway. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "In London, A 340-Year-Old Mansion With a Colorful History Asks $60.7 Million," 19 Mar. 2020

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Semirural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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