Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A moderate to strong brown.
  • noun A coarse gray, brown, or reddish-brown homespun cloth.
  • noun A winter apple with a rough reddish-brown skin.
  • noun Any of various varieties of potato having reddish-brown skin, especially a russet Burbank.
  • adjective Moderate to strong brown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun plural Clothes of russet; especially, the garb of a shepherd.
  • noun In leather manufacturing, leather finished, but not polished or colored, except as colored by the tanning liquor; russet leather.
  • noun A kind of winter apple having a brownish color, rough skin, and characteristic flavor.
  • To give a russet hue to; change into russet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective 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.
  • adjective rare Coarse; homespun; rustic.
  • noun A russet color; a pigment of a russet color.
  • noun Cloth or clothing of a russet color.
  • noun A country dress; -- so called because often of a russet color.
  • noun An apple, or a pear, of a russet color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
  • noun Country dress; homespun cloth.
  • noun A reddish-brown color.
  • noun Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
  • noun Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
  • adjective Having a reddish-brown color.
  • adjective Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
  • adjective Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
  • adjective "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)

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

  • adjective of brown with a reddish tinge
  • noun a reddish brown homespun fabric

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, red, from Latin russus; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, from Latin russus ("reddish")

Examples

  • Kwaque blossomed out resplendent in russet-brown shoes, a derby hat, and a gray suit with trousers immaculately creased.

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  • They were like little men, about four feet high, walking upright, but clad in russet hair.

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  • 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).

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  • '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.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair

  • 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.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair

  • "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 –

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  • Kwaque blossomed out resplendent in russet-brown shoes, a derby hat, and a gray suit with trousers immaculately creased.

    Chapter 18

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer pg. 222

    "He grinned widely, his teeth bright against his russet skin."

    December 2, 2010