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noun 
  1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
  2. Music: A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life. Moore
  3. Ecclesiastics: A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese; also (Prot. Epis. Ch.), a letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
Quotations
  • He wanders west as far as Memphis, a solitary migrant upon that flat and landscape. - 1985 w:Cormac McCarthy?, McCarthy?, w:Blood Meridian, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
    1. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
Etymology: pastoralis, from pastor, shepherd, + adjective suffix -alis


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