Definitions for russetˈrʌs ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rus•setˈrʌs ɪt(n.)

  1. yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.

  2. a coarse reddish brown or brownish homespun cloth formerly used for clothing.

    Category: Textiles

  3. any of various apples that have a rough brownish skin and ripen in the autumn.

    Category: Plants

  4. (adj.)yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.

Origin of russet:

1225–75; ME < OF rousset, dim. of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux


Princeton's WordNet

  1. russet(adj)

    a reddish brown homespun fabric

  2. russet(adj)

    of brown with a reddish tinge


  1. russet(Noun)

    A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.

  2. russet(Noun)

    Country dress; homespun cloth.

  3. russet(Noun)

    Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.

  4. russet(Noun)

    Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.

  5. russet(Adjective)

    Having a reddish-brown color.

  6. russet(Adjective)

    Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).

    "Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.

  7. russet(Adjective)

    Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.

    Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2

  8. russet(Adjective)

    "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)

  9. Origin: Middle English< Old French rousset< rous< Latin russus, meaning "reddish".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Russet(adj)

    of a reddish brown color, or (by some called) a red gray; of the color composed of blue, red, and yellow in equal strength, but unequal proportions, namely, two parts of red to one each of blue and yellow; also, of a yellowish brown color

  2. Russet(adj)

    coarse; homespun; rustic

  3. Russet(noun)

    a russet color; a pigment of a russet color

  4. Russet(noun)

    cloth or clothing of a russet color

  5. Russet(noun)

    a country dress; -- so called because often of a russet color

  6. Russet(noun)

    an apple, or a pear, of a russet color; as, the English russet, and the Roxbury russet


  1. Russet

    Russet is a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. As a tertiary color, russet is an equal mix of orange and purple pigments. The first recorded use of russet as a color name in English was in 1562. The source of this color is the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names--Color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps The name of the color derives from russet, a coarse cloth made of wool and dyed with woad and madder to give it a subdued grey or reddish-brown shade. By the statute of 1363, poor English people were required to wear russet. Russet, a color of Autumn, is often associated with sorrow or grave seriousness. Anticipating a lifetime of regret, Shakespeare's character Biron says: "Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd / In russet yeas and honest kersey noes." The color is mentioned in a famous quote taken from a letter Oliver Cromwell wrote to Sir William Spring in September 1643: "I had rather have a plain, russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, [than that which you call a gentleman and is nothing else]".

Anagrams of russet

  1. struse

  2. estrus

  3. surest


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