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
Recent Examples on the Web In rural Saginaw County, votes for Trump, Haley and Biden In the village of Chesaning, in southern Saginaw County, voting was steady early Tuesday morning amid balmy weather at the Chesaning Township hall. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 27 Feb. 2024 Strengthening their statewide presence has paid off, said Adrian Hemond, a Democrat and CEO of Grassroots Midwest, a bipartisan consulting firm, especially in winning more votes in rural and suburban areas. USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 The setting of the lush rural surrounding of Skåne where Ahlgren and Asphaug are fully established, was another key inspiration, contrasting with the cityscape of Malmö, the second main location for the show. Annika Pham, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 Srinivas lives and works in rural Chamarajanagar, a town adjoining forest areas with a high population of tribal villages in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Kamala Thiagarajan, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 The district was once more of a battleground, but rural parts of the district have shifted right in the last decade. Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 In rural areas, some parents say there’s no doctor near them who accepts Medi-Cal. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Too many houses in rural areas stand empty and deteriorating: windows boarded up, yards littered with junk, brickwork greening with algae. Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Three people, including two students, suffered minor injuries Thursday morning when a car crashed into a school bus amid heavy fog conditions on a rural highway in Sutter County. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 23 Feb. 2024 See More

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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 4 Mar. 2024.

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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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