Definition of rustic in English:


Syllabification: rus·tic
Pronunciation: /ˈrəstik


  • 2Constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular.
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    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.


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Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • 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: /rəˈstisətē/
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  • 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'.

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