Definitions for RURALˈrʊər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ru•ral*ˈrʊər əl(adj.)

  1. characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic.

  2. living in the country.

  3. of or pertaining to agriculture.

* Syn: rural and rustic are terms that refer to the country. rural is the neutral term: rural education. It is also used subjectively, usu. in a favorable sense: the charm of rural life. rustic may have either favorable or unfavorable connotations. In a derogatory sense, it means provincial, boorish, or crude; in a favorable sense, it may suggest simplicity and lack of sophistication: rustic manners.

Origin of rural:

1375–1425; < MF < L rūrālis=rūr-, s. of rūs the country, rural land +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rural(adj)

    living in or characteristic of farming or country life

    "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"

  2. rural(adj)

    of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city

    "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rural(adjective)ˈrʊər əl

    in or relating to the country, not a town or city

    a rural town; rural life


  1. rural(Adjective)

    pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas

  2. Origin: From rural < ruralis, from rus + -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rural(adj)

    of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as, rural scenes; a rural prospect

  2. Rural(adj)

    of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RURAL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1647

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RURAL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2188

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RURAL' in Adjectives Frequency: #206

Translations for RURAL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of the countryside

a rural area.

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