rural

[ roor-uhl ]
/ ˈrʊər əl /

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Rural. It refers to things in the country, where things can be simpler and quieter than in cities. So, why is this word not simple to pronounce?!

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adjective

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.

noun

a person who lives in a rural area.

Origin of rural

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin rūrālis, equivalent to rūr- (stem of rūs) the country, rural land (akin to room) + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR rural

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM rural

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rural

rural suburban urban (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for rural

rural
/ (ˈrʊərəl) /

adjective

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
Compare urban

Derived forms of rural

ruralism, nounruralist, nounrurality, nounrurally, adverb

Word Origin for rural

C15: via Old French from Latin rūrālis, from rūs the country
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