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

  • adj. Having both rural and urban characteristics: a semirural town; a semirural environment; a semirural way of life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Moderately rural; transcending both urbanity and province; developing


semi- +‎ rural. (Wiktionary)


  • It would allow birds on any property in a yet-to-be-defined agricultural area, even if there's a house on it, or on any property two acres or larger in other semirural areas.

    Prince William County considers allowing residents to raise fowl in rural areas

  • Mr. Romney drew first when his campaign had Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, a semirural stretch of Arizona, record automated calls to Iowa voters last month calling Mr. Perry "part of the illegal-immigration problem."

    High Noon on Immigration; Toss-Up on the Prairie

  • Baxter's semirural, Rust Belt Yoknapatawpha - where many of these stories take place.

    'Gryphon: New and Selected Stories,' by Charles Baxter: Short but potent

  • Most of the stories Carver published before 1971 were domestic or semirural and traditionally realistic.

    Raymond Carver

  • It has sent a shudder of anxiety through a string of semirural communities about 25 minutes outside San Antonio.

    Small Town Finds Itself Upended by a Public-Health Crisis

  • When Frank Lloyd Wright dreamed up Broadacre City-his utopian idea for semirural metropolises -- he declared the architecture of each should grow out of the character of its region.


  • As in other semirural states -- Missouri and North Carolina come to mind -- Colorado Democrats tend to be conservative Democrats.

    Obama Targets Swing States

  • Most voters in the racially mixed, semirural constituency of Permatang Pauh, where Malays make up about 70% of the electorate, weren't moved by the government's effort to cast Mr. Anwar as someone who would betray Malay interests to pander to Malaysia's minorities.

    Anwar's Victory in Malaysia

  • Delight runs a gambling club and discreet parlor house—i.e., a bordello—known as the Dancing Knave on semirural Rivington Street.

    City of Glory

  • They had an interest, almost a charm, for Sophy, these semirural people and vehicles moving in an urban atmosphere, leading a life quite distinct from that of the daytime toilers on the same road.

    Life's Little Ironies

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