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


  1. Rural area

    In general, a rural area is a geographic area that is located outside cities and towns. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines the word "rural" as encompassing "...all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. Whatever is not urban is considered rural." Typical rural areas have a low population density and small settlements. Agricultural areas are commonly rural, though so are others such as forests. Different countries have varying definitions of "rural" for statistical and administrative purposes.

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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