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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pas·to·ral /ˈpæst(ə)rəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pas·tor·al a.
 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
 2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
 Pastoral staff Eccl., a staff, usually of the form of a shepherd's crook, borne as an official emblem by a bishop, abbot, abbess, or other prelate privileged to carry it. See Crook, and Crosier.
 Pastoral Theology, that part of theology which treats of the duties of pastors.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pas·tor·al n.
 1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
    A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects on a country life.   --Rambler.
 2. Mus. 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.
 3. Eccl. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of or relating to a pastor; "pastoral work"; "a pastoral
      2: relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising
         sheep or cattle; "pastoral seminomadic people"; "pastoral
         land"; "a pastoral economy" [syn: bucolic]
      3: used of idealized country life; "a country life of arcadian
         contentment"; "a pleasant bucolic scene"; "charming in its
         pastoral setting"; "rustic tranquility" [syn: arcadian,
         bucolic, rustic]
      4: suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple and serene; "his
         idyllic life in Tahiti"; "the pastoral legends of
         America's Golden Age" [syn: idyllic]
      n 1: a musical composition that evokes rural life [syn: pastorale,
      2: a letter from a pastor to the congregation
      3: a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the
         life of shepherds)