Definition of "rustic" []

  • Of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people. See Synonyms at rural. (adjective)
  • Lacking refinement or elegance; coarse. (adjective)
  • Charmingly simple or unsophisticated. (adjective)
  • Made of unfinished or roughly finished wood: rustic furniture. (adjective)
  • Having a rough or textured appearance; rusticated. Used of masonry. (adjective)
  • Of, characteristic of, or living in the country; rural (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having qualities ascribed to country life or people; simple; unsophisticated (adjective)
  • Crude, awkward, or uncouth (adjective)
  • Made of untrimmed branches (adjective)
  • Denoting or characteristic of a style of furniture popular in England in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which the legs and feet of chairs, tables, etc, were made to resemble roots, trunks, and branches of trees (adjective)
  • (of masonry) having a rusticated finish (adjective)
  • A person who comes from or lives in the country (noun)
  • An unsophisticated, simple, or clownish person from the country (noun)
  • Brick or stone having a rough finish (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rustic" in a sentence
  • "But our ancestors were necessarily limited in their pleasures, and to them Richmond was a God-send, especially to men like Selwyn, or Queensberry, or Walpole, who delighted in social intercourse, and liked to enjoy what they called rustic life with as much comfort as the age provided."
  • "It was a great annoyance to the British officers and soldiers, to be thus hemmed in by what they termed a rustic rout with calico frocks and fowling-pieces."
  • "We don´t mind if lodging is "rustic" and had a lot of fun staying in rustic cabins run by indigenous folks when we visited Yaxchilán and Bonampak in the Lacandon Forest in Chiapas."