What does Rural mean?

Definitions for Rural
ˈrʊər əlru·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruraladjective

    living in or characteristic of farming or country life

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

  2. ruraladjective

    of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city

    "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"


  1. ruraladjective

    pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RURALadjective

    Country; existing in the country, not in cities; suiting the country; resembling the country.

    Etymology: rural, Fr. ruralis, from rura, Lat.

    Lady, reserved to do pastor company honour,
    Joining your sweet voice to the rural musick of desert. Philip Sidney.

    Here is a rural fellow,
    That will not be deny’d your highness’ presence;
    He brings you figs. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    We turn
    To where the silver Thames first rural grows. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruraladjective

    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. Ruraladjective

    of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rural

    rōō′ral, adj. of or belonging to the country: suiting the country: rustic: pertaining to agriculture.—n. (obs.) a countryman.—ns. Ru′ral-dean, an ecclesiastic under the bishop and archdeacon, with the peculiar care of the clergy of a district; Ru′ral-dean′ery.—v.t. Ru′ralise, to render rural.—v.i. to become rural: to rusticate.—ns. Ru′ralism; Ru′ralist; Rural′ity.—adv. Ru′rally.—n. Ru′ralness.—adj. Ruridec′anal, pertaining to a rural dean or deanery. [Fr.,—L. ruralisrus, ruris, the country.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rural

    Relating to farming or country living.

    They loved rural life and living.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rural in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Rural in a Sentence

  1. David Emerling:

    Everyone saw American Honda as an advantage, not a threat, because Shige Yoshida knew that job creation in a very rural state in Ohio would have an immense impact on the economy.

  2. Tarun Pathak:

    Jio is a company that's very focused on the rural side, because that's the real India, you have a big funnel [ of ] users who are yet to come on board and experience and taste this internet for the first time.

  3. Samir Puri:

    It's going to be very different to what people have been seeing in Kyiv and Mariupol, the Ukrainian frontline mixes urban and rural territory... some of the urban territories that Ukraine( will be defending) were already devastated in eight years of shell fire.

  4. Tim Ryan.Ryan:

    He totally gets South Carolina. His political skills and his intellect are as good as it gets in the party. I rely on that a lot and have a real friendship with him, he's so skilled and he understands the entire country. He understands urban America, rural America. He understands that a lot of the problems these communities face are the same.

  5. Andy Ogles:

    The education needs in Silicon Valley versus rural Iowa versus Tennessee are very different.

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