from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a reddish-brown color: applied also to some light browns not reddish.
  • 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.
  • To give a russet hue to; change into russet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of brown with a reddish tinge
  • n. a reddish brown homespun fabric


Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, red, from Latin russus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, from Latin russus ("reddish") (Wiktionary)


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  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer pg. 222
    "He grinned widely, his teeth bright against his russet skin."

    December 2, 2010