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pastorale

[ pas-tuh-rahl, -ral, -rah-lee, pah-stuh-; Italian pahs-taw-rah-le ]
/ 藢p忙s t蓹藞r蓱l, -藞r忙l, -藞r蓱 li, 藢p蓱 st蓹-; Italian 藢p蓱s t蓴藞r蓱 l蓻 /
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noun, plural pas路to路rales, pas路to路ra路li [pas-tuh-rah-lee, -ral-ee; Italian pahs-taw-rah-lee]. /藢p忙s t蓹藞r蓱 li, -藞r忙l i; Italian 藢p蓱s t蓴藞r蓱 li/. Music.
an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
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Origin of pastorale

1715鈥25; <Italian, noun use of pastoralepastoral

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pastorale

pastoral, pastorale
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British Dictionary definitions for pastorale

pastorale
/ (藢p忙st蓹藞r蓱藧l) /

noun plural -rales music
a composition evocative of rural life, characterized by moderate compound duple or quadruple time and sometimes a droning accompaniment
a musical play based on a rustic story, popular during the 16th century

Word Origin for pastorale

C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral
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