Meaning of pastoral
Pronunciation: (pas'tur-ul, pä'stur-), [key]
- having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas: pastoral scenery; the pastoral life.
- pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic.
- 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.
- of, pertaining to, or consisting of shepherds.
- of or pertaining to a pastor or the duties of a pastor: pastoral visits to a hospital.
- used for pasture, as land.
- 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.
- a picture or work of art representing the shepherds' life.
- a treatise on the duties of a pastor.
- a letter to the people from their spiritual pastor.
- a letter to the clergy or people of an ecclesiastical district from its bishop.
- Also calledcrosier (def. 1).
- pastoral (Thesaurus)