pastorale

noun pas·to·rale \ ˌpa-stə-ˈräl , -ˈral also -ˈrä-lē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of pastorale

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 :pastoral 1a

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Origin and Etymology of pastorale

Italian, from pastorale of herdsmen, from Latin pastoralis


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