Definition of pastoral
1a (1) : of, relating to, or composed of shepherds or herdsmen a pastoral people, seminomadic in their habits — J. M. Mogey (2) : devoted to or based on livestock raising a pastoral economyb : of or relating to the countryside : not urban a pastoral settingc : portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country people especially in an idealized and conventionalized manner pastoral poetry a pastoral symphonyd : pleasingly peaceful and innocent : idyllic pastoral dreams were shattered by the year's round of … unwelcome visitors, ruinous floods and procrastinating workmen — Betty Fussell
2a : of or relating to spiritual care or guidance especially of a congregation pastoral counselingb : of or relating to the pastor of a church pastoral duties
pastorallyplay \ˈpa-st(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
Examples of pastoral in a Sentence
The house is situated in a charming pastoral setting.
Her favorite painting in the collection is a pastoral landscape.
The bishop outlined the church's views in a pastoral letter.
Origin and Etymology of pastoral
Middle English, from Latin pastoralis, from pastor herdsman
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of pastoral
1a : a literary work (such as a poem or play) dealing with shepherds or rural life in a usually artificial manner and typically drawing a contrast between the innocence and serenity of the simple life and the misery and corruption of city and especially court lifeb : pastoral poetry or dramac : a rural picture or scened : pastorale 1a
2 : crosier 1
3 : a letter of a pastor to his charge: such asa : a letter addressed by a bishop to his dioceseb : a letter of the house of bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church to be read in each parish
PASTORAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pastoral for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the countryside or to the lives of people who live in the country
: of or relating to the spiritual care or guidance of people who are members of a religious group
: of or relating to the pastor of a church
PASTORAL Defined for Kids
Definition of pastoral for Students
1 : of or relating to peaceful scenes of the countryside
2 : of or relating to the pastor of a church
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