What does the word pastoral mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Pastorate.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A poem dealing with rural matters; an idyl.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A picture illustrating rural scenes.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Pastorship.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Pastorally.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to the life of shepherds and rustics.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to a pastor and his work.

Usage examples for pastoral

  1. The camels were subsequently claimed by McIntyre's brother for the cost of grazing them, he having been carried by them to Carpentaria, where he selected an excellent pastoral property, became rich, and died. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  2. " This," said the poet, " is the life which has been often celebrated for its innocence and quiet; let us pass the heat of the day among the shepherds' tents, and know whether all our searches are not to terminate in pastoral simplicity." – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  3. The need of pasturage from time immemorial has urged the pastoral tribes of the desert towards the fertile land of the Nile. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce