Variant of pastoral
- 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: ME pastoralle < L pastoralis < 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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