Definition of rustic in English:

rustic

Pronunciation /ˈrəstik/ /ˈrəstɪk/

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adjective

  • 1Relating to the countryside; rural.

    1. 1.1Having a simplicity and charm that is considered typical of the countryside.
      ‘the unblemished charm of rustic life has been a perennial source of inspiration for the painter’
      • ‘bare plaster walls and a terra-cotta floor give a rustic feel’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The island's only true nudist retreat, it's also the most rustic.’
      • ‘There are no surprises here: it's rustic Americana and country inflected ballads all the way.’
      • ‘The rustic country architecture and furnishings feel very south-of-France.’
      • ‘A stay in the renovated stables, just off the main building, completes the Wildean-era rustic romance.’
      • ‘Like all tiny-room experts, they know the benefits of volume, and they're serving up rustic Italian cuisine for a reason.’
      • ‘Attached to the rustic old country house hotel was a gallery and a deli where we bought a mid-morning feast of focaccia, Persian feta and relish.’
      • ‘The home that architect David Coleman designed isn't literally a series of outbuildings, but his plan captures that rustic spirit.’
      • ‘‘The furniture of any era should advocate a return to rustic simplicity in the face of creeping industrialisation,’ she opined.’
      • ‘The idea for upscale rustic cuisine came to him in the most ideal of places - at Louie's Backyard looking out over the ocean in Key West.’
      • ‘And if you never thought that rustic, preppy and retro chic couldn't be combined, then you may not be ready for what the season has to offer.’
      • ‘The region - best known for its great fortified port wines and some rustic dry reds - appears to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts.’
      • ‘The Inn offers rustic charm with all the modern conveniences.’
      • ‘As a contrast to these rustic, earthy dishes, I'm giving you my creme fraiche mousse with pears poached in caramel and wine.’
      • ‘It's hard to credit it now, but there was a time within living memory when we tried to lure foreign tourists with romantic images of whitewashed cottages and rustic simplicity.’
      • ‘Having been to Costa Rica many times I still love this country with its friendly people and its rustic charm.’
      • ‘A hard, pre-manufactured material, brick gives a rustic and casual feel to the space.’
      • ‘We didn't move to Spain to recover some rustic, romantic, agrarian life.’
      • ‘Knotty-pine wails, white tablecloths, and a sprinkling of artwork and Western memorabilia create a pleasingly rustic yet romantic ambience.’
      rural, country, countryside
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    2. 1.2Lacking the sophistication of the city; backward and provincial.
      ‘you are a rustic halfwit’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It did not matter to Amrita Pritam whether she was portraying a rustic woman or a sophisticated urbanite.’
      • ‘She cannot help mentally comparing the handsome, strong and apparently sophisticated Pichandi to her rustic, overbearing husband.’
      • ‘Rather than dismissing their culture and beliefs as rustic and backwards, she seeks to engage with them and understand their form, origin and nature.’
      • ‘In other poems Marvell describes youths both male and female, both rustic and sophisticated.’
      • ‘I pondered the delicious irony of it all - for all the money and sophistication, Napa still felt, well, rustic.’
      • ‘Old stone foundations are visible in the winter, remnants of a time when life was rustic and full of hardship.’
      • ‘But for station hands, managers, support staff and their families, the lifestyle remains rustic and dangerous.’
      • ‘No avenue was provided for input from the majority of the users of these rustic but sanitary facilities - the tens of thousands of Lower Mainlanders who frequent them throughout the summer months.’
      • ‘It was a more rustic and northern version of Detroit with escarpments of slag and iron ore.’
      • ‘Colombia was a bit rustic but she was finally able to think of something besides the divorce.’
      • ‘This is a vast improvement on the old one, but a bit rustic compared to other new clubhouses.’
      • ‘It amused her that he was so rustic and old fashioned.’
      unsophisticated, uncultured, unrefined, uncultivated, simple, plain, homely, artless, unassuming, guileless, naive, ingenuous
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  • 2Made in a plain and simple fashion.

    • ‘rustic pottery’
    plain, simple, homely, unsophisticated, homespun
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    1. 2.1Made of untrimmed branches or rough timber.
      ‘a rustic oak bench’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The light sisal rug anchors the rustic tables, and the suedelike wall glaze in a caramel shade adds warmth to the knotty pine ceiling.’
      • ‘The owners painted the ceiling off-white and applied a stain to the rustic beams to make them look like driftwood.’
      • ‘Give furniture a rustic look by finishing it in a distressed, aged way.’
      • ‘The restaurant has rustic farm tables to share and makes fantastic omelets.’
      • ‘The rustic fence is composed mostly of bitter cherry saplings joined with wood screws.’
      • ‘This large room has a rustic oak floor and pine-panelled ceilings.’
      • ‘Other species of wood used include birch, which is made into besom for brooms and horse jumps and oak for rustic furniture.’
      • ‘One evening while Fahrquhar and his wife were sitting on a rustic bench near the entrance to his grounds, a gray-clad soldier rode up to the gate and asked for a drink of water.’
      • ‘The furniture has the rough rustic feel you can only get from hand crafting and is reminiscent of old Morocco.’
      • ‘The lounge is big and homely, and there are rustic breakfast tables in the kitchen, with the option of eating outside in the lovely garden.’
      • ‘You can buy fantastic rustic style six foot fencing from B&Q cheap enough to encircle the whole garden.’
    2. 2.2With rough-hewn or roughened surface or with deeply sunk joints.
      ‘a rustic bridge’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, producing these two rustic finishes creates minute fissures in the stone, thereby increasing its liquid absorption and its retention of dirt and pollutants.’
      • ‘Inspired by a trip to England, Pat's son Brian built the gate pillars with salvaged bricks and concrete blocks, made rustic with patches of mortar.’
    3. 2.3Denoting freely formed lettering, especially a relatively informal style of handwritten Roman capital letter.
      ‘rustic capitals were much easier to form’
      • ‘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.’

noun

  • 1derogatory An unsophisticated country person.

    • ‘they paused to watch the rustics dance and carouse’
    countryman, countrywoman, peasant, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, country bumpkin, bumpkin, yokel, country cousin
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  • 2A small brownish European moth.

    Several genera and species in the family Noctuidae

Origin

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