- 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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Related Wordsprovincial, idyllic, pastoral, agrarian, bucolic, rustic, backwoods, agricultural, countrified, farm, natural, ranch, simple, sylvan, unsophisticated, arcadian, agronomic, georgic, outland, rustical
Examples from the Web for rural
These are young fathers, rural farmers, usually growing banana or coffee or subsistence crops.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
For the first time in American history, rural America has been losing population.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
She is also head of the Sabancı Foundation, which conducts female-empowerment programs for women in rural Turkey.The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman
December 22, 2014
Rural churches were deserted, and the connection between the land and the bounty of harvests was gone.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
“In almost all rural areas of Switzerland, it is customary to eat cats and dogs,” she says.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 30, 2014
To accept their nomination and stand as a Rural District Councillor!Viviette
William J. Locke
Certainly these rural interiors would not satisfy everybody.The Roof of France
So the grocery was essentially a village club, and not a rural club.In the Midst of Alarms
WHEN do topers like to make a raid upon the rural districts?
So far it is exactly like the corner store of our rural districts.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- 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
Word Origin and History for rural
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]