Definition of pastourelle in English:


(also pastorela)


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

    • ‘Maid Marion is not part of the original tales and likely comes from French pastourelles where she was associated with a shepherd Robin.’
    • ‘The French pastourelles offer examples of this type of exchange.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He discovers her presence when he hears her singing a pastourelle.’
    • ‘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.’


French, feminine of pastoureau shepherd.