Definition of pastourelle in English:


(also pastorela)


  • A medieval lyric whose theme is love for a shepherdess.

    • ‘He discovers her presence when he hears her singing a pastourelle.’
    • ‘The French pastourelles offer examples of this type of exchange.’
    • ‘Maid Marion is not part of the original tales and likely comes from French pastourelles where she was associated with a shepherd Robin.’
    • ‘In this sense the novel is the long-delayed answer of the lower classes to the courtly pastourelle… It is a protest, democratic and sentimental at once, against the courtly love codes and the sexual tyranny which they disguised.’
    • ‘Others, such as the chanson de toile (weaving-song) and the pastourelle, hint at popular traditions of song.’
    • ‘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.’


French, feminine of pastoureau ‘shepherd’.