- The definition of pastoral is something associated with or related to country life.
An example of pastoral is a painting of a farm.
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- of shepherds or their work, way of life, etc.
- of or portraying rural life or, formerly, a highly conventionalized form of rustic life among shepherds, usually in an idealized way
- of pastoral literature or a pastoral
- characteristic of rural life, idealized as peaceful, simple, and natural
- of or relating to a pastor
Origin: Middle English pastoralle from Classical Latin pastoralis from pastor, a shepherd: see pastor
- a piece of literature dealing, usually in an idealized way, with rural life; formerly, specif., a poem, play, etc. treating the rustic lives and loves of shepherds in a conventionalized, artificial manner
- such writing as a literary form
- a pastoral picture or scene
- an official letter or document, as on doctrine or religious observance, issued by a bishop or group of bishops to persons within their jurisdiction
- Music pastorale
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- a. Of or relating to shepherds or herders.b. Of, relating to, or used for animal husbandry.
- a. Of or relating to the country or country life; rural.b. Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic. See Synonyms at rural.
- Of, relating to, or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
- Of or relating to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
- A literary or other artistic work that portrays or evokes rural life, usually in an idealized way.
- Music A pastorale.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstōrālis, from pāstor, shepherd; see pastor.
- pasˈtor·al·ly adverb
pastoral - Cultural Definition
A work of art that celebrates the cultivated enjoyment of the countryside. The poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” by Christopher Marlowe, is a pastoral. Its first stanza reads:Come live with me, and be my love; And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dales and fields, Woods or steepy mountain yields.