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 In recent decades, the United States has had an average of seven plague cases per year, usually occurring in rural or semirural regions, the CDC said. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A hunter ate wild rabbit and got bubonic plague, sending 28 people into quarantine," 18 Nov. 2019 In addition to a portal to a bleak alternate dimension dubbed The Upside Down from which terrifying monsters try to break into our world, the semirural town of Hawkins, Ind., now has a new mall in which much of the season’s action takes place. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Reaches 1985 and Goes to the Mall," 3 July 2019 His father disappeared before he was born and his mother deposited him with her parents on a semirural New Jersey farm. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "He Made Them Glow: A Maverick’s Portraits Live On," 8 Feb. 2018 On the eastern edge of Bushwick, the train burst out of the ground, into daylight, and lumbered down a stretch that looked semirural, with cemeteries on the left. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Every year, members of the Board of Supervisors in this semirural township square off with the best team from the 1,000-member James Kinney Senior Center, which currently boasts a bocce league of 108 players. Vinny Vella,, "In Bucks County, a decade-old bocce rivalry between officials, seniors 'brings people together'," 20 June 2018 The story takes place one summer in a working-class, semirural Baltimore suburb, and Porterfield introduces his young, directionless characters with documentary-style Q&As that are disarming in their candor and authenticity. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 The semirural character of the town, accentuated by the surrounding rugged terrain, made Chatsworth a popular filming location for westerns. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West," 25 May 2018 In 1961, the neighborhood incorporated in order to stave off annexation by Los Angeles and preserve its semirural character. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Hidden Hills offers gated seclusion A-listers seek," 4 May 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Semirural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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