how to pronounce pastoral


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pastoral is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of pastoral in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… workers and pastoral care and …”

meanings of pastoral


  1. A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese.
  2. A letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
  3. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyll; 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.


  1. Relating to the care of souls, to the pastor of a church or to any local religious leader charged with the service of individual parishioners, i.e. a priest or rabbi.
  2. Relating to rural life and scenes.
  3. Of or pertaining to shepherds or herders of other livestock.

pastoral frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word pastoral occurs in english on average 2.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics pastoral can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that pastoral can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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