russet mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color" (sense of the color itself is first recorded early 15c.), from O.Fr. rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," dim. of ros, rous "red," from L. russus, related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see RED (Cf. red)). As a color name, attested from 1530s. The word was first applied to a type of apples 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.

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  • Russet — Rus set, n. 1. A russet color; a pigment of a russet color. [1913 Webster] 2. Cloth or clothing of a russet color. [1913 Webster] 3. A country dress; so called because often of a russet color. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. An apple, or a pear, of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Russet — may refer to:*Russet Burbank potato *Russet apple *Russet (color) …   Wikipedia

  • Russet — Rus set, a. [F. rousset, dim. of roux red, L. russus (for rudtus, rudhtus), akin to E. red. See {Red}, and cf. {Roussette}.] 1. Of a reddish brown color, or (by some called) a red gray; of the color composed of blue, red, and yellow in equal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Russet — A coarse cloth of a reddish brown or grey colour, indicative of country folk in the 16th century. The country people dyed their homespun fabrics at home with bark, which made them russet colour …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • russet — [rus′it] n. [ME < OFr rousset, dim. of rous < L russus, reddish < IE * rudhso < base * reudh ,RED] 1. yellowish brown or reddish brown 2. a coarse homespun cloth, reddish brown or brownish, formerly used for clothing by country people …   English World dictionary

  • russet — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ reddish brown. ► NOUN 1) a reddish brown colour. 2) a variety of dessert apple with a slightly rough greenish brown skin. 3) historical a coarse homespun reddish brown or grey cloth. DERIVATIVES russety adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • russet — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from russet, adjective, russet, from rus, rous red, from Latin russus; akin to Latin ruber red more at red Date: 13th century 1. coarse homespun usually reddish brown cloth 2. a reddish brown… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • russet — I UK [ˈrʌsɪt] / US adjective mainly literary red brown in colour II UK [ˈrʌsɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms russet : singular russet plural russets 1) a type of apple with russet coloured skin 2) a type of potato with russet coloured skin …   English dictionary

  • russet — rus|set1 [ rʌsıt ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY red brown in color russet rus|set 2 [ rʌsıt ] noun count 1. ) a type of apple with russet colored skin 2. ) a type of potato with russet colored skin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • russet — [[t]rʌ̱sɪt[/t]] russets COLOUR Russet is used to describe things that are reddish brown in colour. ...a russet apple... The maple trees were in their autumn glory of russets, reds and browns …   English dictionary

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