Pastoral - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpæstərəl|  American pronunciation of the word pastoral
Brit.  |ˈpɑːst(ə)r(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word pastoral


- a musical composition that evokes rural life (syn: idyl, idyll, pastorale)
- a letter from a pastor to the congregation
- a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)


- (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic (syn: arcadian, bucolic)
charming in its pastoral setting

Extra examples

The house is situated in a charming pastoral setting.

Her favorite painting in the collection is a pastoral landscape.

The bishop outlined the church's views in a pastoral letter.

He has an interest in theology and pastoral work.

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