American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A moderate to strong brown.
- n. A coarse reddish-brown to brown homespun cloth.
- n. A winter apple with a rough reddish-brown skin.
- n. A russet Burbank.
- adj. Moderate to strong brown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a reddish-brown color: applied also to some light browns not reddish. When said of leather, it includes nearly every variety browner than red Russia; but it does not include gray, nor pure buff. When applied to armor, a coppery red is generally meant—a kind of finish common in the sixteenth century.
- Made of russet; hence, coarse; homespun; rustic: a use derived from the general color of homespun cloth.
- Made of russet leather.
- n. A reddish-brown color: a broad and vague term, formerly applied to various shades of gray and brown or ash-color, sometimes used restrictively, but in no well-settled sense.
- n. Coarse cloth, country-made and often homespun, used for the garments of peasantry and even of country people of some means: a term originally derived from the reddish-brown color of much cloth of this quality, and retained when the color was different, as gray or ash-colored.
- n. plural Clothes of russet; especially, the garb of a shepherd.
- n. In leather manufacturing, leather finished, but not polished or colored, except as colored by the tanning liquor; russet leather.
- n. A kind of winter apple having a brownish color, rough skin, and characteristic flavor. Though no doubt named from its color, this is rather buff than russet, with a greenish bronze-like luster, very striking in some varieties.
- To give a russet hue to; change into russet.
- n. A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
- n. Country dress; homespun cloth.
- n. A reddish-brown color.
- n. Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
- n. Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
- adj. Having a reddish-brown color.
- adj. Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
- adj. Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
- adj. "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a reddish brown color, or (by some called) a red gray; of the color composed of blue, red, and yellow in equal strength, but unequal proportions, namely, two parts of red to one each of blue and yellow; also, of a yellowish brown color.
- adj. rare Coarse; homespun; rustic.
- n. A russet color; a pigment of a russet color.
- n. Cloth or clothing of a russet color.
- n. A country dress; -- so called because often of a russet color.
- n. An apple, or a pear, of a russet color.
- adj. of brown with a reddish tinge
- n. a reddish brown homespun fabric
- Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, from Latin russus ("reddish") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, red, from Latin russus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were like little men, about four feet high, walking upright, but clad in russet hair.”
“In lines later excised at Charles Lamb's urging, the poem's speaker goes on to chastise Susan as a "Poor Outcast" (perhaps a prostitute, then no uncommon condition) who should return to her father's rustic home and, having replaced her fancy loomed dress for a "plain russet" home-spun gown, once again hear a "thrush sing from a tree of its own" (17-20).”
“Now you may go, poor robin!' he said, opening the cap; but instead of a bird, out sprang a little man dressed in russet-brown, and looking as if he were an hundred years old.”
“There was a crowd of little men and women, some clad in russet color, but far more in green, dancing around a little well as clear as crystal.”
“We must have it brought here bodily," said Queen Wantall; but the chair was silent, and a lady and two noble squires, clad in russet-colored satin and yellow buskins, the like of which had never been seen at that court, rose up and said –”
“Kwaque blossomed out resplendent in russet-brown shoes, a derby hat, and a gray suit with trousers immaculately creased.”
“The trees have nearly lost their leaves, now scattered in russet showers, about their roots, while the branches are drawn in shadowy lines by the autumn sun upon the bleached grass and withering foliage with which it is strewn.”
“Baking potatoes, also called russet potatoes the most famous is the Idaho, are high in starch and come out fluffy and light when they are baked.”
“This coin really comes alive when tilted under a light, with a cool mix of blue and red colors on the obverse front, and, on the reverse, the fields turn a deep orange-russet, which is complemented by pleasing blue tones about UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and at the periphery.”
“An Englishman always calls russet, yellow or tan shoes brown shoes (or, if they cover the ankle, boots).”
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