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[ruhs-it] /ˈrʌs ɪt/
yellowish brown, light brown, or reddish brown.
a coarse reddish-brown or brownish homespun cloth formerly used for clothing.
any of various apples that have a rough brownish skin and ripen in the autumn.
a brownish, roughened area on fruit, resulting from diseases, insects, or spraying.
finished leather that is not yet polished or colored.
yellowish-brown, light-brown, or reddish-brown.
made of russet.
Origin of russet
1225-75; Middle English < Old French rousset, diminutive of rous reddish brown, red (of hair); see roux
Related forms
russetish, russety, adjective
russetlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for russet
Historical Examples
  • All are oval and abruptly pointed, thick and firm in texture, turning yellow or russet brown in autumn.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • Varney was muffled in a russet cloak, so that I saw not his face.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • Inside was an elderly lady, and in her arms was a russet Pekingese.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • He was only about a foot high, and he was dressed all in russet brown, and his face was just like a wrinkled apple.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • Patent-leather or russet boots are not correct in the field.

  • Green, too, is the moss, fresh and velvety in the shadows; tinged with russet and gold where the sun has caught it.

  • He himself has a russet, weather-beaten face, bounded by silvery hair.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The male of the chalicodome or mason-bee is russet, the far more beautiful female is a fine velvety black with deep violet wings.

  • Having no covering of russet, but only slight traces of russety stripes.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
British Dictionary definitions for russet


brown with a yellowish or reddish tinge
  1. a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
  2. (as modifier): a russet coat
any of various apples with rough brownish-red skins
abnormal roughness on fruit, caused by parasites, pesticides, or frost
(of tanned hide leather) dressed ready for staining
(archaic) simple; homely; rustic: a russet life
of the colour russet: russet hair
Derived Forms
russety, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rosset, from rous, from Latin russus; related to Latin ruber red
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Word Origin and History for russet

mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color," also (early 15c.) the color of this, from Old French rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," diminutive of ros, rous "red," from Latin russus, which is related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)). As an adjective from late 14c. The word was applied to a type of apples first in 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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