pastoral

[ pas-ter-uhl, pah-ster- ]
/ ˈpæs tər əl, ˈpɑ stər- /

adjective

noun

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Origin of pastoral

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin pāstōrālis, equivalent to pāstōr-, stem of pāstor (see pastor) + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM pastoral

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pastoral

pastoral , pastorale
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Example sentences from the Web for pastoral

  • Her home was in the heart of the most pastorally lovely of Scottish shires—that of Dumfries.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895|Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
  • I have been visiting your friend Mr. Wilkinson, pastorally, and am just delighted with him.

    Two Knapsacks|John Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for pastoral

pastoral
/ (ˈpɑːstərəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of pastoral

pastoralism, nounpastorally, adverb

Word Origin for pastoral

C15: from Latin, from pastor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for pastoral

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.
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