adjective bu·col·ic \ byü-ˈkä-lik \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of bucolic

1 : of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral
2 a : relating to or typical of rural life
b : idyllic


play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of bucolic in a Sentence

  1. Pine Ridge …  . Its generic blandness and vaguely bucolic quality anticipated similar names—the Oak Parks and River Groves and Lake Forests and Chestnut Hills … —Ian FrazierOn the Rez2000
  2. … the massive population growth has transformed a collection of bucolic villages and mill towns into a chain of strip-mall suburbs. —Jonathan CohnNew Republic7 Feb. 2000
  3. … Intel gives its generations of microprocessors such bucolic code names as Deschutes, Tillamook, and Katmai but then rolls them out with names that rival those of popes and medieval heads of state: Pentium the III, Celeron the Meek, and Xeon the Magnificent. —Jake KirchnerPC Magazine25 May 1999
  4. … the North Shore commuter train scuds through bucolic landscape for a while, the rocks and trees permitting glimpses of Appleton Farms … —John UpdikeNew England MonthlyOctober 1989
  5. a bucolic region where farms are still common

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The Origin of bucolic is "Utterly" Quaint

We get bucolic from the Latin word bucolicus, which is ultimately from the Greek word boukolos, meaning "cowherd." When bucolic was first used in English in the early 17th century, it meant "pastoral" in a narrow sense - that is, it referred to things related to shepherds or herdsmen and in particular to pastoral poetry. Later in the 19th century, it was applied more broadly to things rural or rustic. Bucolic has also been occasionally used as a noun meaning "a pastoral poem" or "a bucolic person."

Origin and Etymology of bucolic

Latin bucolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos cowherd, from bous head of cattle + -kolos (akin to Latin colere to cultivate) — more at cow, wheel

BUCOLIC Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of bucolic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the country or country life

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