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noun pas·to·rale \ˌpas-tə-ˈräl, -ˈral also -ˈrä-lē\

Definition of pastorale

  1. 1 a :  an instrumental or vocal composition having a pastoral theme b :  an opera of the 16th or 17th centuries having a pastoral plot

  2. 2 :  pastoral 1a

Origin and Etymology of pastorale

Italian, from pastorale of herdsmen, from Latin pastoralis

First Known Use: 1724

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