Definition of rural in English:



  • In, relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town:

    ‘remote rural areas’
    • ‘There are generally no other jobs available for unemployed farm workers in a rural area.’
    • ‘Each Special is allocated a beat or a shift either in the town centre or the rural areas.’
    • ‘There had been a huge population drift from the rural areas to the towns and cities.’
    • ‘She liked it away from the noises of the city and could see herself moving out into a rural town one day.’
    • ‘Regional licences are seen by many as the best way to introduce competition in rural areas.’
    • ‘It is those in rural areas, who have no choice, who deserve better from the government.’
    • ‘Many of your readers must live in rural areas where the sight of a policeman is something of a rarity.’
    • ‘We are told that rural communities live in terror of crime and it might be true.’
    • ‘There is definitely a rich and poor side to Havana that isn't as distinct in the more rural areas.’
    • ‘Another person thought that it might be something about having grown up in a quiet rural area.’
    • ‘Here the rural areas too were in the hands of the towns and the patriciate ruled unchallenged.’
    • ‘At the same time, there is increasing pressure on rural areas to provide for more people.’
    • ‘West Craven is a rural area, which does not receive as much funding as urban areas.’
    • ‘The courses are not only open to farmers but to everybody in the rural community.’
    • ‘It is the only unitary authority in the country to gain the award in the rural economy category.’
    • ‘There he showed how much he was listening to the countryside by thumping a rural protestor.’
    • ‘It is time for some common sense on these matters for in a rural area like Wiltshire the car is not going to go away.’
    • ‘Yet our politicians feel the need to bite the very hand that feeds our most deprived rural areas.’
    • ‘Paranoid disorders are more common in people who live in towns and cities than in rural areas.’
    • ‘It should be possible to give road fund licence breaks to people in rural areas.’
    country, countryside, pastoral, rustic, bucolic
    agricultural, farming, agrarian
    arcadian, sylvan
    georgic, agrestic, exurban
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin ruralis, from rus, rur- country.