Pastoral Definition

păstər-əl, pă-stôr-
adjective
Of or relating to shepherds or herders.
American Heritage
Of shepherds or their work, way of life, etc.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or used for animal husbandry.
American Heritage
Of pastoral literature or a pastoral.
Webster's New World
Of or portraying rural life or, formerly, a highly conventionalized form of rustic life among shepherds, usually in an idealized way.
Webster's New World
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noun
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.
Webster's New World
Such writing as a literary form.
Webster's New World
A pastorale.
American Heritage
A pastoral picture or scene.
Webster's New World
An official letter or document, as on doctrine or religious observance, issued by a bishop or group of bishops to persons within their jurisdiction.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pastoral

Noun

Singular:
pastoral
Plural:
pastorals

Origin of Pastoral

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pāstōrālis from pāstor shepherd pastor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin pastoralis, from pāstor (“shepherd"), + adjective suffix -alis.

    From Wiktionary

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