bucolic was our Word of the Day on 04/21/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of bucolic in a Sentence
- 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 Frazier, On the Rez, 2000
- … the massive population growth has transformed a collection of bucolic villages and mill towns into a chain of strip-mall suburbs. —Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, 7 Feb. 2000
- … 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 Kirchner, PC Magazine, 25 May 1999
- … the North Shore commuter train scuds through bucolic landscape for a while, the rocks and trees permitting glimpses of Appleton Farms … —John Updike, New England Monthly, October 1989
a bucolic region where farms are still common
Recent Examples of bucolic from the Web
Taken in its entirety, the catalogue offers insight into the evolution of Dalí’s works, from his early bucolic landscapes, to the wacky Surrealist paintings that made him a household name.
Barbara Stanwyck assumes the role of a columnist who chronicles a fictitious life as a housewife at a bucolic Connecticut farm.
Today, the series continues with the 1887 start of train service between New Orleans and Abita Springs, opening up St. Tammany Parish as a bucolic refuge from the city.
The game’s bucolic tile-laying action is reminiscent of perennial gateway game favorite Carcassone, but Isle of Skye injects some fun economics into the proceedings.
Set on a 240-acre plot next to Los Padres National Forest, the bucolic home, known as Spring Valley Ranch, offers a sense of pastoral luxury.
But for those living in the country, the turbines loom over their properties, replacing their bucolic homes with an industrial energy landscape.
Early scenes tend towards the bucolic, even idyllic.
But word of Warhol — or even the growing counterculture movement sweeping the U.S. — had barely reached the bucolic Linfield campus in McMinnville at that time, Heckard said.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bucolic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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."
BUCOLIC Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up bucolic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).