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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. a musical composition that evokes rural life;
[syn: pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl]

2. a letter from a pastor to the congregation;

3. a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds);


1. of or relating to a pastor;
- Example: "pastoral work"
- Example: "a pastoral letter"

2. relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle;
- Example: "pastoral seminomadic people"
- Example: "pastoral land"
- Example: "a pastoral economy"
[syn: bucolic, pastoral]

3. (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic;
- Example: "a country life of arcadian contentment"
- Example: "a pleasant bucolic scene"
- Example: "charming in its pastoral setting"
- Example: "rustic tranquility"
[syn: arcadian, bucolic, pastoral]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pastoral \Pas"tor*al\, a. [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See Pastor.] 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter. [1913 Webster] Pastoral staff (Eccl.), a staff, usually of the form of a shepherd's crook, borne as an official emblem by a bishop, abbot, abbess, or other prelate privileged to carry it. See Crook, and Crosier. Pastoral Theology, that part of theology which treats of the duties of pastors. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pastoral \Pas"tor*al\, n. 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. [1913 Webster] A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects on a country life. --Rambler. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) 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 (Encyc. of Music). [1913 Webster] 3. (Eccl.) 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pastoral adj 1: of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral letter" 2: relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral land"; "a pastoral economy" [syn: bucolic, pastoral] 3: (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic; "a country life of arcadian contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility" [syn: arcadian, bucolic, pastoral] n 1: a musical composition that evokes rural life [syn: pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl] 2: a letter from a pastor to the congregation 3: a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

286 Moby Thesaurus words for "pastoral": Alcaic, Anacreontic, Arcadian, Castalian, Edenic, English sonnet, Grand Guignol, Homeric, Horatian ode, Hudibrastic, Italian sonnet, Passion play, Petrarchan sonnet, Pierian, Pindaric, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, Theocritean, Tom show, abbatial, abbatical, agrarian, agrestic, agricultural, airscape, alba, anacreontic, antimasque, arcadian, archiepiscopal, at peace, audience success, balada, ballad, ballade, ballet, bardic, bloodless, bomb, broadcast drama, bucolic, burlesque show, calm, campestral, canonical, canso, capitular, capitulary, chanson, charade, churchly, cityscape, clerical, clerihew, cliff hanger, closet drama, cloudscape, comedy drama, concordant, countrified, country, critical success, daytime serial, dialogue, didactic, diorama, dirge, dithyramb, dithyrambic, documentary drama, drama, dramalogue, dramatic, dramatic play, dramatic series, duodrama, duologue, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical, eclogic, eclogue, elegiac, elegy, epic, epic theater, epigram, episcopal, episcopalian, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, evangelistic, experimental theater, exterior, extravaganza, failure, farm, farming, farmscape, flop, gasser, genuine, georgic, ghazel, giveaway, haiku, halcyon, happening, harmonious, heroic, hit, hit show, homespun, humble, idyll, idyllic, improvisational drama, inartificial, innocent, interior, jingle, landscape, legitimate drama, limerick, lowland, lyric, madrigal, masque, melodrama, ministerial, minstrel show, miracle, miracle play, mock-heroic, monodrama, monody, monologue, morality, morality play, music drama, musical revue, mystery, mystery play, narrative, narrative poem, native, natural, naturelike, nursery rhyme, ode, opera, orderly, outland, pacific, pageant, palinode, panel show, pantomime, pastoral drama, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, peaceable, peaceful, peacetime, piece, piping, placid, play, playlet, poem, poetic, poetico-mystical, poetico-mythological, poetico-philosophic, poetlike, prelatial, prelatic, priest-ridden, priestish, priestly, problem play, prothalamium, provincial, psychodrama, quiet, quiz show, rabbinic, radio drama, restful, review, revue, rhapsodic, rhyme, riverscape, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, runic, rural, rustic, sacerdotal, sapphic, satire, scape, scene, seapiece, seascape, sensational play, serene, serial, sestina, show, simple, sitcom, situation comedy, skaldic, sketch, skit, skyscape, sloka, snowscape, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, soft, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, spectacle, stage play, stage show, straight drama, success, suspense drama, tableau, tableau vivant, talk show, tanka, teleplay, television drama, television play, tenso, tenzone, theater of cruelty, threnody, total theater, townscape, tranquil, triolet, troubadour poem, ultramontane, unadorned, unaffected, unartificial, unassuming, uncomplicated, undesigning, undisguising, undissembling, undissimulating, unembellished, unfeigning, unpretending, unpretentious, unspoiled, untroubled, unvarnished, upland, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show, vehicle, verse, verselet, versicle, view, villanelle, virelay, waterscape, word-of-mouth success, work