ru·​ral ˈru̇r(-ə)l How to pronounce rural (audio)
: of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture
rurality noun
rurally adverb

Examples of rural in a Sentence

She lives in a rural area. grew up in a rural community where more than half the people were farmers
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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ruralis, from rur-, rus open land — more at room

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rural was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ru·​ral ˈru̇r-əl How to pronounce rural (audio)
: of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture

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