- pastoral [pas′tərəl, päs′tərəl]adj.[ME pastoralle < L pastoralis < pastor, a shepherd: see PASTOR]1. of shepherds or their work, way of life, etc.2. of or portraying rural life or, formerly, a highly conventionalized form of rustic life among shepherds, usually in an idealized way3. of pastoral literature or a pastoral4. characteristic of rural life, idealized as peaceful, simple, and natural5. of or relating to a pastorn.1. a piece of literature dealing, usually in an idealized way, with rural life; formerly, specif., a poem, play, etc. treating the rustic lives and loves of shepherds in a conventionalized, artificial manner2. such writing as a literary form3. a pastoral picture or scene4. an official letter or document, as on doctrine or religious observance, issued by a bishop or group of bishops to persons within their jurisdiction5. Music PASTORALESYN.- RURALpastoralismn.pastorallyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.