October 23, 2018
rustic (adjective)
\RUSS-tik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: of, relating to, or suitable for the country or country people : rural
How do you use it?
"… this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country." (Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is another meaning of "rustic"?

The "rustic lads" in Washington Irving's famous story could just as well be called "country boys." "Rustic" is a synonym of both "country" and "rural" in that context. But the word also describes things such as furniture or crafts that are made of rough wood, even if those things are set in some modern city apartment. "Rustic" is an old word—more than 500 years old—and it comes to English from Latin, tracing back to the word "rus" meaning "open land."
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