pastoral poem
Madrigal Mad"ri*gal (m[a^]d"r[i^]*gal), n. [It. madrigale, OIt. madriale, mandriale (cf. LL. matriale); of uncertain origin, possibly fr. It mandra flock, L. mandra stall, herd of cattle, Gr. ma`ndra fold, stable; hence, madrigal, originally, a pastoral song.] 1. A little amorous poem, sometimes called a {pastoral poem}, containing some tender and delicate, though simple, thought. [1913 Webster]

Whose artful strains have oft delayed The huddling brook to hear his madrigal. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See {Glee}. [1913 Webster]


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  • pastoral — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the farming or grazing of sheep or cattle. 2) (of a literary, artistic, or musical work) portraying country life, especially in an idealized form. 3) relating to the giving of spiritual guidance by a member of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • pastoral — adj. & n. adj. 1 of, relating to, or associated with shepherds or flocks and herds. 2 (of land) used for pasture. 3 (of a poem, picture, etc.) portraying country life, usu. in a romantic or idealized form. 4 of or appropriate to a pastor. n. 1 a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pastoral — adj 1. bucolic, simple, idyllic, paradisiacal, Edenic; serene, tranquil, halcyon, quiet, restful, peaceful, placid, pacific, irenic; modest, uncomplicated, uncomplex, unsophisticated, innocent, untainted, unblemished; sweet, lovely, gentle,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • pastoral — [ pα:st(ə)r(ə)l] adjective 1》 used for or relating to the farming or grazing of sheep or cattle. 2》 portraying country life, especially in an idealized or romanticized form. 3》 relating to the giving of spiritual guidance. 4》 of or denoting a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • pastoral — I. a. 1. Rural, rustic, of shepherds. 2. Bucolic. 3. Ministerial, of a pastor. II. n. Bucolic, idyl, eclogue, pastoral poem …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Pastoral — Pastoral, as an adjective, refers to the lifestyle of shepherds and pastoralists, moving livestock around larger areas of land according to seasons and availability of water and feed. Pastoral also describes literature, art and music which… …   Wikipedia

  • Pastoral — 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. [1913 Webster] A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • pastoral — (adj.) of or pertaining to shepherds, early 15c., from O.Fr. pastoral, from L. pastoralis, from pastor (see PASTOR (Cf. pastor) (n.)). The noun sense of poem dealing with country life generally is from 1580s. Pastorale (in the Italian form)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pastoral — 1. adjective /ˌpæsˈtɔːɹəl,ˈpæs.tə.ɹəl/ a) Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life. , He wanders west as far as Memphis, a solitary migrant upon that flat and pastoral landscape. 1985 , ,… …   Wiktionary

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