1. living in or characteristic of farming or country life
; - Example: "rural people"- Example: "large rural households"- Example: "unpaved rural roads"- Example: "an economy that is basically rural"
2. of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city
; - Example: "rural electrification"- Example: "rural free delivery"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rural \Ru"ral\, a. [F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the
country. Cf. Room space, Rustic.]
1. 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
Here is a rural fellow; . . .
He brings you figs. --Shak.
2. Of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy.
Rural dean. (Eccl.) See under Dean.
Rural deanery (Eccl.), the state, office, or residence, of
a rural dean.
Usage: Rural, Rustic. Rural refers to the country itself;
as, rural scenes, prospects, delights, etc. Rustic
refers to the character, condition, taste, etc., of
the original inhabitants of the country, who were
generally uncultivated and rude; as, rustic manners; a
rustic dress; a rustic bridge; rustic architecture,
To where the silver Thames first rural grows.
Lay bashfulness, that rustic virtue, by;
To manly confidence thy throughts apply.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: living in or characteristic of farming or country life;
"rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural
roads"; "an economy that is basically rural" [ant:
2: of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city;
"rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "rural":
Arcadian, agrarian, agrestic, agricultural, agronomic, arable,
arcadian, bucolic, campestral, countrified, country, exurban, farm,
farming, genuine, geoponic, georgic, homespun, idyllic,
inartificial, lowland, native, natural, naturelike, outland,
pastoral, provincial, rustic, simple, sylvan, unadorned,
unaffected, unartificial, unassuming, undesigning, undisguising,
undissembling, undissimulating, unembellished, unfeigning,
unpretending, unpretentious, unsophisticated, unspoiled,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
RURAL. That which relates to the country, as rural servitudes. See Urban.