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[ruhs-it]
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noun
  1. yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.
  2. a coarse reddish-brown or brownish homespun cloth formerly used for clothing.
  3. any of various apples that have a rough brownish skin and ripen in the autumn.
  4. a brownish, roughened area on fruit, resulting from diseases, insects, or spraying.
  5. russet Burbank.
  6. finished leather that is not yet polished or colored.
adjective
  1. yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
  2. made of russet.

Origin of russet

1225–75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux
Related formsrus·set·ish, rus·set·y, adjectiverus·set·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for russet

Historical Examples

  • The russet of oranges is caused by the bite of an insect on the skin.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Thou whom chance may hither lead, Be thou clad in russet weed, etc.

  • Down an aisle of the woods, deep in russet leaves, appeared a grey figure.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The St. Bernard laid his silver and russet head on her skirt.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.


British Dictionary definitions for russet

russet

noun
  1. brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
    1. a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
    2. (as modifier)a russet coat
  2. any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
  3. abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost
adjective
  1. (of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
  2. archaic simple; homely; rustica russet life
  3. of the colour russetrusset hair
Derived Formsrussety, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red
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Word Origin and History for russet

n.

mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color," also (early 15c.) the color of this, from Old French rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," diminutive of ros, rous "red," from Latin russus, which is related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)). As an adjective from late 14c. The word was applied to a type of apples first in 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.

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