• IPA: /ˈpæs.tə.ɹəl/
  • enPR: păs"tōr-al, IPA: /ˌpæsˈtɔːɹəl/


  1. Of or pertaining to shepherds or herders of other livestock
  2. Relating to rural life and scenes
    We were living a pastoral life.
    • He wanders west as far as Memphis, a solitary migrant upon that flat and pastoral landscape. - 1985 McCarthy, Blood Meridian, chapter
    • [...] these pastoral farms,/Green to the very door; and wreaths of smoke / Sent up, in silence, from among the trees! - 1798 Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey, lines 16-18.
  3. Relating to the care of souls, to the pastor of a church or to any local religious leader charged with the service of individual parishioners, i.e. a priest or rabbi.
    pastoral duties; a pastoral letter
Translations Translations Noun

pastoral (plural pastorals)

  1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; 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.
  3. (religion, Christianity) A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.
  4. (religion, Christianity) A letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
  • Russian: пастора́ль
  • Russian: пастора́ль

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