Definition of rustic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəstik/


1Relating to the countryside; rural.
1.1Having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside: bare plaster walls and a terra-cotta floor give a rustic feel
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  • Now entering its first full season, the Hidden Springs Ranch offers a unique experience that blends rustic charm with spa-caliber amenities.
  • Meursault is the most rustic, but is astoundingly complex in nearly all its forms.
  • This old town Bristol sugar warehouse is warm and rustic but thankfully convincing too.
rural, country, countryside, countrified, pastoral, bucolic;
agricultural, agrarian
literary sylvan, georgic
1.2often derogatory Lacking the sophistication of the city; backward and provincial: you are a rustic halfwit
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  • The tug of war is still considered a rustic sport in the cities.
  • Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.
  • Ever wonder why Bombayites find other cities pedestrian, rustic?
unsophisticated, uncultured, unrefined, simple;
artless, unassuming, guileless, naive, ingenuous;
coarse, rough, uncouth, boorish
informal hillbilly, hick, country-fried
2Constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular.
plain, simple, homely, unsophisticated;
rough, rude, crude
2.1Made of untrimmed branches or rough timber: a rustic oak bench
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  • They build flower boxes, make picture frames from knotholes, and create rustic benches and tables.
  • These treatments often accentuate the natural or rustic look of rough sawn lumber and allow the wood grain and surface texture to show through the finish.
  • Steven's rustic trellises typically last three or four years before the poles decay, making replacement necessary.
2.2 Architecture With rough-hewn or roughened surface or with deeply sunk joints: a rustic bridge
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  • A rustic stone wall lined the edge of the overlook.
  • Against a rustic stucco wall, water trickles out of scalloped bowls into a colorful blue fountain bedecked with blazing bougainvillea.
  • There are no architectural features, with one exception of a roughcast rustic bridge in the left foreground.
2.3Denoting freely formed lettering, especially a relatively informal style of handwritten Roman capital letter.
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  • This is a baroque homage to Pablo Ferro that doesn't employ white, condensed, rustic lettering.
  • High-grade book scripts were angular square capitals suited to inscriptions and the chisel, more fluid rustic capitals, and rounded uncials suited to the pen.


often derogatory
An unsophisticated country person.
Example sentences
  • Now he was like some Steven King rustic, issuing cryptic wisdom from the porch to a tourist who just wants directions to the hotel.
  • The project's field co-ordinators are no rustics.
  • He has remained the affable rustic who enjoyed the company of old friends.
peasant, countryman, countrywoman, bumpkin, yokel, country cousin
informal hillbilly, hayseed, hick, apple knocker
archaic swain, cottier



Pronunciation: /ˈrəstək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Alongside are rustically designed huts and an open-air auditorium.
  • The town consists of two rustically elegant cabins, a ranch office, paddocks with shelters, a covered round pen, stables, and at the center of it all, Sniffy's Saloon.
  • A crossroads pointed the way to innumerable destinations: Honeysuckle Wood, Cowslip Meadow, Dandelion Green, and, less rustically the Suburbs.


Pronunciation: /rəˈstisədē/
Example sentences
  • But despite their rusticity, the huts are fitted with all things cosmopolitan - a western-style toilet, a 14-channel TV and fridge with a minibar.
  • The menu, which has recently been updated, neatly balances old-fashioned rusticity with more up-to-date tinkering.
  • With its blend of rusticity and sophistication, the 15 th-century coaching inn has been remodelled and is very much a dapper, food-and-wine-centred affair.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'rural'): from Latin rusticus, from rus 'the country'.

  • rural from Late Middle English:

    This comes from late Latin ruralis, from rus ‘country’. In early use little difference exists between rural and rustic (Late Middle English), but later usage shows rural in connection with locality and country scenes, with rustic being reserved for the primitive qualities of country life. The use of rustic for ‘unsophisticated; plain and simple’ dates from the beginning of the 17th century

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Syllabification: rus·tic

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