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[pas-cher, pahs-]
  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.
  3. grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
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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.
  3. (of livestock) to graze upon.
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verb (used without object), pas·tured, pas·tur·ing.
  1. (of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
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  1. put out to pasture,
    1. to put in a pasture to graze.
    2. 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.
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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
Related formspas·tur·al, adjectivepas·ture·less, adjectivepas·tur·er, nounun·pas·tured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pastureland

Historical Examples

  • They keep the lock, and have a few acres of pastureland to eke out their living.

    Sophy of Kravonia

    Anthony Hope

  • They had no native roots in the solid soil of his pastureland.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • Only one Nebraska county had less than 15 per cent in pastureland.

  • The discrepancies in land use statistics arise from varying interpretations as to the amount of pastureland that is arable.

  • The sun was sinking down behind the trees and pastureland and a cool breeze had risen.

    A Bachelor Husband

    Ruby M. Ayres

British Dictionary definitions for pastureland


  1. land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
  2. a specific tract of such land
  3. the grass or herbage growing on it
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  1. (tr) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pastureland



late 14c., of animals, "to graze;" early 15c., of humans, "to lead to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.

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c.1300, "grass eaten by cattle," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor). Meaning "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing" is from early 14c. To be out to pasture "retired" is from 1945, from what was done (ideally) to horses after the active working life.

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Idioms and Phrases with pastureland


see put out to grass (pasture).

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