- yellowish brown or reddish brown
- a coarse homespun cloth, reddish-brown or brownish, formerly used for clothing by country people
- a winter apple with a rough, mottled skin
Origin of russetMiddle English from Old French rousset, diminutive of rous from Classical Latin russus, reddish from Indo-European an unverified form rudhso- from base an unverified form reudh-, red
- yellowish-brown or reddish-brown
- made of russet (cloth)
- Archaic rustic, simple, etc.
- A moderate to strong brown.
- A coarse gray, brown, or reddish-brown homespun cloth.
- A winter apple with a rough reddish-brown skin.
- Any of various varieties of potato having reddish-brown skin, especially a russet Burbank.
Origin of russetMiddle English from Old French rousset from rous red from Latin russus ; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural russets)
(comparative more russet, superlative most russet)
- Having a reddish-brown color.
- Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
- "Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.
- Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
- Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2
- "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
Middle English, from Old French rousset, from rous, from Latin russus (“reddish")