- yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.
- a coarse reddish-brown or brownish homespun cloth formerly used for clothing.
- any of various apples that have a rough brownish skin and ripen in the autumn.
- a brownish, roughened area on fruit, resulting from diseases, insects, or spraying.
- russet Burbank.
- finished leather that is not yet polished or colored.
- yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
- made of russet.
Origin of russet
Examples from the Web for russet
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.The Letters of Robert Burns
Down an aisle of the woods, deep in russet leaves, appeared a grey figure.The Long Roll
The St. Bernard laid his silver and russet head on her skirt.Mary Gray
Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.Field's Chromatography
- brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
- a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
- (as modifier)a russet coat
- any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
- abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost
- (of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
- archaic simple; homely; rustica russet life
- of the colour russetrusset hair
Word Origin and History for russet
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.