Definition of pastourelle in English:

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pastourelle

Pronunciation: /ˌpastʊˈrɛl/
(also pastorela /ˌpastəˈrɛlə/)

noun (plural same or pastourelles or pastorelas)

A medieval lyric whose theme is love for a shepherdess.
Example sentences
  • His essay, ‘The Figure of the Shepherdess in the Medieval Pastourelle,’ is an example of the transition of the figure of shepherdess in medieval French pastourelle.
  • Others, such as the chanson de toile (weaving-song) and the pastourelle, hint at popular traditions of song.
  • The French pastourelles offer examples of this type of exchange.

Origin

French, feminine of pastoureau 'shepherd'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pas¦tour|elle

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