[ pas-cher, pahs- ]
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  1. Also called pas·ture·land [pas-cher-land, pahs-]. /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.

  2. a specific area or piece of such ground.

  1. grass or other plants for feeding livestock.

verb (used with object),pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.

  2. (of land) to furnish with pasture.

  1. (of livestock) to graze upon.

verb (used without object),pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. (of livestock) to graze in a pasture.

Idioms about pasture

  1. put out to pasture,

    • to put in a pasture to graze.

    • to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime: Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.

Origin of pasture

1250–1300; Middle English <Middle French <Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra-ure

Other words from pasture

  • pas·tur·al, adjective
  • pas·ture·less, adjective
  • pas·tur·er, noun
  • un·pas·tured, adjective

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[ French pah-tyr ]

  1. Ro·gi·er [French raw-zhee-ey] /French rɔ ʒiˈeɪ/ or Ro·ger [French raw-zhey] /French rɔˈʒeɪ/ de la [French duh-la]. /French də la/. Weyden, Rogier van der. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pasture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pasture


/ (ˈpɑːstʃə) /

  1. land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock

  2. a specific tract of such land

  1. the grass or herbage growing on it

  1. (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)

Origin of pasture

C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed

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Other Idioms and Phrases with pasture


see put out to grass (pasture).

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