a reddish brown homespun fabric
of brown with a reddish tinge
A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
Country dress; homespun cloth.
Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
Having a reddish-brown color.
Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
"Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.
Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2
"Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
Origin: Middle English< Old French rousset< rous< Latin russus, meaning "reddish".
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
coarse; homespun; rustic
a russet color; a pigment of a russet color
cloth or clothing of a russet color
a country dress; -- so called because often of a russet color
an apple, or a pear, of a russet color; as, the English russet, and the Roxbury russet
Origin: [F. rousset, dim. of roux red, L. russus (for rudtus, rudhtus), akin to E. red. See Red, and cf. Roussette.]
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]".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rus′et, adj. rusty or reddish-brown: coarse: rustic: of russet-leather.—n. a coarse homespun dress.—ns. Russ′eting, an apple of a russet colour and rough skin; Russ′et-leath′er.—adj. Russ′ety. [O. Fr. rousset—L. russus, red.]
The numerical value of russet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of russet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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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 Gentle-man and is nothing else.
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