[roo r-uh l]
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic: rural tranquillity.
- living in the country: the rural population.
- of or relating to agriculture: rural economy.
- a person who lives in a rural area.
Origin of rural
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1. unsophisticated, rough. Rural and rustic are terms that refer to the country. Rural is the official term: rural education. It may be used subjectively, and usually in a favorable sense: the charm of rural life. Rustic, however, may have either favorable or unfavorable connotations. In a derogatory sense, it means provincial, boorish, or crude; in a favorable sense, it may suggest ruggedness or a homelike rural charm: rustic simplicity.
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- of, relating to, or characteristic of the country or country life
- living in or accustomed to the country
- of, relating to, or associated with farming
C15: via Old French from Latin rūrālis, from rūs the country
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Word Origin and History for ruralness
early 15c., from Old French rural (14c.), from Latin ruralis "of the countryside," from rus (genitive ruris) "open land, country," from PIE *reue- "to open; space" (see room (n.)).
In early examples, there is usually little or no difference between the meanings of rural and rustic, but in later use the tendency is to employ rural when the idea of locality (country scenes, etc.) is prominent, and rustic when there is a suggestion of the more primitive qualities or manners naturally attaching to country life. [OED]
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