pastoral

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, Old French pastoral, from Latin pastoralis, from pāstor (shepherd), + adjective suffix -alis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: păs"tōr-al, IPA(key): /ˌpæsˈtɔːɹəl/
  • IPA(key): /ˈpæs.tə.ɹəl/

Adjective[edit]

pastoral (comparative more pastoral, superlative most pastoral)

  1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
    • He wanders west as far as Memphis, a solitary migrant upon that flat and pastoral landscape. - 1985 McCarthy, Blood Meridian, chapter
    • [...] these pastoral farms,/Green to the very door; and wreaths of smoke / Sent up, in silence, from among the trees! - 1798 Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey, lines 16-18.
  2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church.
    pastoral duties; a pastoral letter

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Noun[edit]

pastoral (plural pastorals)

  1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; a bucolic.
  2. (music) A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life. Moore
  3. (religion, Christianity) A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.
  4. (religion, Christianity) A letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.

Translations[edit]

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Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pastoral m, f (masculine and feminine plural pastorals)

  1. pastoral

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pastoral m, f (plural pastorales)

  1. pastoral

Noun[edit]

pastoral f (plural pastorales)

  1. pastoral