Origin of pastoral
Examples from the Web for pastoral
The carriage drivers insist that a great majority of their horses live to enjoy a pastoral retirement.
It is a novel of suspense and secrets, a pastoral novel that slowly tears the pastoral apart.
For most of the year, pastoral Pag is home to roughly eight thousand residents and thirty thousand indigenous sheep.
Kristin Vuković on the pastoral island struggling to attract a different kind of tourist.
Cryptically, he added that he would like women to have more leadership roles in administrative and pastoral activities.
After his return059/55 he applied himself with zeal and success to his pastoral duties.Deaconesses in Europe|Jane M. Bancroft
She seemed to take stock of his learning and to mock at the idea of his pastoral claims.Not Like Other Girls|Rosa N. Carey
Just as at the pastoral stage, so in this, the cattle and the growing grain must be protected from attacks by man and beast.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Through the marvelously clear air the smoke of the pastoral village of Poker Flat rose miles away.The Short-story|William Patterson Atkinson
And taking all together it will be seen that the pastoral wealth of the people was largely claimed.The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers|Robert A. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for pastoral
- a letter from a clergyman to the people under his charge
- the letter of a bishop to the clergy or people of his diocese
- Also called: pastoral staff the crosier or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his pastoral responsibilities
Word Origin for pastoral
Word Origin and History for pastoral
"of or pertaining to shepherds," early 15c., from Old French pastoral (13c.), from Latin pastoralis "of herdsmen, of shepherds," from pastor (see pastor (n.)). The noun sense of "poem dealing with country life generally" is from 1580s.
Culture definitions for pastoral
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.