1. [ adjective ] of or relating to a pastor

"pastoral work" "a pastoral letter"

Related terms: curate
2. [ noun ] (writing) a letter from a pastor to the congregation
Related terms: letter
3. [ adjective ] suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple and serene
Synonyms: idyllic

"his idyllic life in Tahiti" "the pastoral legends of America's Golden Age"

Related terms: pleasant
4. [ adjective ] used of idealized country life
Synonyms: bucolic rustic arcadian

"a country life of arcadian contentment" "a pleasant bucolic scene" "charming in its pastoral setting" "rustic tranquility"

Related terms: rural
5. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a musical composition that evokes rural life
Synonyms: idyll pastorale
Related terms: musical_composition
6. [ adjective ] relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle
Synonyms: bucolic

"pastoral seminomadic people" "pastoral land" "a pastoral economy"

Related terms: sheepherder sheepherder
7. [ noun ] (writing) a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
Related terms: literary_composition eclogue
Similar spelling:   pastorale