(noun, adjective)


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

Similar word(s): bucolic

3. (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic

- charming in its pastoral setting

Similar word(s): rural, arcadian, bucolic

Sentences with pastoral as an adjective:

- pastoral duties; a pastoral letter


1. a musical composition that evokes rural life

Similar word(s): idyl, idyll, pastorale

Definition categories: communication, composition, opus, piece

2. a letter from a pastor to the congregation

Definition categories: communication, letter, missive

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

Definition categories: communication