Meaning of pastoral

pas•to•ral

Pronunciation: (pas'tur-ul, pä'stur-), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas: pastoral scenery; the pastoral life.
  2. pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic.
  3. portraying or suggesting idyllically the life of shepherds or of the country, as a work of literature, art, or music: pastoral poetry; a pastoral symphony.
  4. of, pertaining to, or consisting of shepherds.
  5. of or pertaining to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral visits to a hospital.
  6. used for pasture, as land.
—n.
  1. a poem, play, or the like, dealing with the life of shepherds, commonly in a conventional or artificial manner, or with simple rural life generally; a bucolic.
  2. a picture or work of art representing the shepherds' life.
  3. pastorale.
  4. a treatise on the duties of a pastor.
  5. a letter to the people from their spiritual pastor.
  6. a letter to the clergy or people of an ecclesiastical district from its bishop.
  7. Also calledcrosier (def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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