Definitions of pastoral

  1. a literary work idealizing the rural life ( especially the life of shepherds)
  2. a letter from a pastor to the congregation
  3. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A poem showing happenings in countrylife; a picture showing rural scenes.
  7. A poem which professes to delineate the scenery and life of the country: a pastoral letter or address: ( mus.) a simple melody.
  8. A rural poem; letter or address to the clergy.
  9. A poem dealing with rural matters; an idyl.
  10. A picture illustrating rural scenes.
  11. Pastorship.
  12. A poem on shepherd or rural life; a bucolic; a pastoral letter; a pastorale.
  13. A sort of dramatic poem on the incidents of a country life; a bishop's pastoral letter, or that of an ecclesiastical court, addressed to both clergy and people.
  14. Pastorally.
  15. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
  16. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
  17. Pertaining to the care of a church; pertaining to rural life.
  18. Relating to shepherds or shepherd life: rustic: relating to the pastor of a church: addressed to the clergy of a diocese.
  19. Relating to shepherds; rural; relating to clergymen.
  20. Pertaining to the life of shepherds and rustics.
  21. Pertaining to a pastor and his work.
  22. Pertaining to shepherds or shepherd life; rural; relating to the pastor of a church or the cure of souls; addressed to the clergy.
  23. Pert. to shepherds; pert. to the care of a flock or a church; addressed to the clergy of a diocese by its bishop; rustic; rural.