Definitions for pastoralˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pas•to•ralˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər-(adj.)

  1. having the simplicity, serenity, etc., generally attributed to rural areas.

  2. pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic.

  3. portraying idyllically the life of shepherds or of the country.

  4. of, pertaining to, or consisting of shepherds.

  5. of or pertaining to a pastor or the duties of a pastor:

    pastoral visits to a hospital.

  6. pertaining to or designating the herding of domesticated animals as the chief means of subsistence.

    Category: Anthropology

  7. (n.)a literary work dealing with the life of shepherds, commonly in a conventional manner; bucolic.

    Category: Literature

  8. a treatise on the duties of a pastor.

    Category: Religion

  9. a letter from an ecclesiastic, esp. a bishop.

    Category: Religion

  10. Also called pas′toral staff′.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: crosier (def. 1). 1

Origin of pastoral:

1350–1400; ME < L pāstōrālis

pas′to•ral•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl(noun)

    a musical composition that evokes rural life

  2. pastoral(noun)

    a letter from a pastor to the congregation

  3. pastoral(adj)

    a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)

  4. pastoral(adj)

    of or relating to a pastor

    "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter"

  5. bucolic, pastoral(adj)

    relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle

    "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy"

  6. arcadian, bucolic, pastoral(adj)

    (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic

    "a country life of arcadian contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility"

Wiktionary

  1. pastoral(Noun)

    A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; a bucolic.

  2. pastoral(Noun)

    A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life. Moore

  3. pastoral(Noun)

    A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.

  4. pastoral(Noun)

    A letter of the w:House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.

  5. pastoral(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.

  6. pastoral(Adjective)

    Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.

  7. Origin: pastoralis, from pastor, + adjective suffix -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pastoral(adj)

    of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life

  2. Pastoral(adj)

    relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter

  3. Pastoral(noun)

    a poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic

  4. Pastoral(noun)

    a cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life

  5. Pastoral(noun)

    a letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese; also (Prot. Epis. Ch.), a letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish

Freebase

  1. Pastoral

    A pastoral lifestyle is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasturage. It lends its name to a genre of literature, art and music that depicts such life in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences. A pastoral is a work of this genre. An alternative word for pastoral as a genre, both in adjectival and noun form, is bucolic, from the Greek βουκόλος, meaning a cowherd.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pastoral(adjective)

of country life

a pastoral scene.

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