1 of, characterized by, or depicting rural life, scenery, etc.
2 (of a literary work) dealing with an idealized form of rural existence in a conventional way
3 (of land) used for pasture
4 denoting or relating to the branch of theology dealing with the duties of a clergyman or priest to his congregation
5 of or relating to a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation or his duties as such
6 of or relating to shepherds, their work, etc.
7 a literary work or picture portraying rural life, esp. the lives of shepherds in an idealizing way
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8 (Music) a variant of →
a a letter from a clergyman to the people under his charge
b the letter of a bishop to the clergy or people of his diocese
c (Also called)
pastoral staff the crosier or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his pastoral responsibilities
(C15: from Latin, from pastor)
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