Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (păs′tər-ə-lĭz′əm, pä′stər-)
1. The quality or state of being pastoral. Used especially of a literary work.
2. An economic system or way of life based on the raising and herding of livestock.

pas′tor·al·ist n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈpæs tər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpɑ stər-)

the herding of domesticated animals as the primary economic activity of a society.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


a writing style that focuses on the life of shepherds or herdsman. — pastoralist, n.
See also: Literary Style
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also pasturage. — pastoralist, n. — pastoral, adj.
See also: Economics
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also called pasturage. — pastoralist, n.pastoral, adj.
See also: Agriculture
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
These romances, carrying further the tendency which appears in Sidney's 'Arcadia,' are among the most extravagant of all products of the romantic imagination--strange melanges of ancient history, medieval chivalry, pastoralism, seventeenth century artificial manners, and allegory of current events.
'Pastoralism is the backbone of our economy but most people don't operate bank accounts.
The mobile pastoralism is environmentally sustainable and economically viable, which has been accepted by most scholars around the world (Naess 2013; Khurshid et al.
And when it finally rains, most of the areas ravaged by drought wallow in floods, consequently hampering food production.Under grave threat is pastoralism, which has remained virtually the same for hundreds of years.
Sitkovestsky illuminates the concerto's musical textures and revels in its fiery cadenza while Woods and the ESO clearly enjoy the energetic finale's robust pastoralism.
2) or the dismissive and reductive criticism of pastoralism in The English Musical Renaissance, 1840-1940: Constructing National Music by Meirion Hughes and Robert Stradling (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)--which was mercifully and systematically disassembled by Alain Frogley in "Rewriting the Renaissance: History, Imperialism, and British Music since 1840" (Music & Letters 84, no.
By reflecting on the book entitled New Fringe Pastoralism: Conflict and Insecurity and Development in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, this review article examines violence in pastoral society.
Researchers of food and the environment look at the impact of climate change on pastoralism in East Africa, and the role of pastoralism in climate change.
Pastoralism had just been introduced to the Turkana Basin and newcomers arriving with sheep, goats, and cattle would have encountered diverse groups of fisher-hunter-gatherers already living around the lake.
Saylor provides an extensive and insightful commentary on the work that more than any other demonstrates the qualities listed in his definition of pastoralism quoted above, the Pastoral Symphony, whose direct inspiration, as Vaughan Williams said, was not the English landscape but the "Corot-like" French landscape where he was serving as an ambulance driver in the War.
'Regional instruments governing pastoralism should be protected and above all domesticated.