Definition of bucolic in English:



  • Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.

    ‘the church is lovely for its bucolic setting’
    • ‘Anu Naik's canvases have captured the bucolic imagery of rural life in Rajastan and Gujarat.’
    • ‘The last painting Church executed on this theme, A Country Home, provides a bucolic slice of life in a serenely solitary and beautiful setting.’
    • ‘Although my childhood holidays were spent mostly in rural Perthshire, I have come to view the bucolic idyll with suspicion.’
    • ‘Lanning refuses to elaborate about the horrors he must have seen, but instead recounts the beauty he found in Paris and the bucolic countryside seen on his march to Germany.’
    • ‘The spartan public ferry taking me there is less glamorous than the private jet we flew to Montana, but it's a gorgeous July day, and Orcas is bucolic and unassuming - an undeveloped Pacific Nantucket.’
    • ‘A tour through the St. Lawrence Valley will let the traveller experience picturesque islands, rugged fjords and a bucolic countryside.’
    • ‘Here the northern edge of the city peters out into bucolic countryside, and the municipality has big plans to develop a park for sports and recreation.’
    • ‘It is a scene of almost bucolic splendour - a groundsman astride his motorised roller putting the finishing touches to a beautifully manicured cricket ground nestling on the fringes of an attractive county town.’
    • ‘But PETA says most California dairy cows live not in bucolic pastures, but in filthy, grassless lots where they are forced to give too much milk and are separated from their calves too soon.’
    • ‘The bucolic countryside along the Niagara River features a large number of wineries and orchards and the road is lined with fruit stands, featuring fresh Ontario produce.’
    • ‘Family doctor and friend, Good Old George has forsworn his practice due to retirement, is a widower and now lives in bucolic bliss in the country.’
    • ‘In three days' time the bucolic town of Bunol will burst into life for its annual tomato-throwing frenzy as 30,000 fruit-wielding revellers paint the pueblo red for La Tomatina, one of Spain's most exuberant fiestas.’
    • ‘And while she admits there are few places on earth as serenely bucolic as England's legendary academic enclave, she's clearly pleased to be back home in one of the city's most fashionable neighborhoods.’
    • ‘Having done South Wales it's a delightful drive from Gower across the undulating hills and bucolic countryside of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire to the Irish Sea coast and the pretty Georgian town of Aberaeron.’
    • ‘Perhaps you're outdoorsy and love the idea of a bucolic agrarian business.’
    • ‘An earlier essay by Ms. Wu, titled ‘Cherishing a Faraway Place,’ recalled her rural upbringing and struck a bucolic tone about the simple, honest values of the peasantry.’
    • ‘Romantic images and bucolic country scenes of happy grape pickers, hillside vineyards, and dusty bottles in old cellars are featured in all the brochures.’
    • ‘You portray the bucolic aspects of small-town life, and this idealized family, then slowly reveal the dark underside of such a life.’
    • ‘From the more bucolic vantage point of farm sanctuaries, he examined the behaviour of pigs, cows, goats, sheep and fowl and found that their tenderness, affection and social interaction gave them a level of sympathy he found surprising.’
    • ‘The fields surrounding the house are being kept by the family, leaving the manor with 83 acres - a bit tight for those with country squire ambitions, but for those without, a bucolic landscape avoiding the hassle of farming.’
    rustic, rural, pastoral, country, countryside, agricultural, agrarian, outdoor, idyllic, unspoilt
    arcadian, sylvan
    georgic, agrestic
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  • A pastoral poem.

    • ‘Work on a third manuscript, which is called Bucolics, has, however, led me to realize that I am actually trying to construct a poetic trilogy, three separate books that examine an individual's relationship to the natural world.’
    • ‘As the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir put it: ‘Sade's perverse bucolics have the grim austerity of a nudist colony.’’
    • ‘Thomas begins with recent neo-Kantian studies of the aesthetics of melancholy, and applies these ideas to a number of case studies, chiefly the bucolics of Virgil, the eclogues of Miklós Radnóti, and the utopian lyrics and music of Bob Dylan.’
    • ‘An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics.’
    • ‘The result is a complex mix of ancient Greek bucolics (pastoral poetry), the natural history of northern Italy, and the harsh realities of contemporary Roman politics.’


Early 16th century (denoting a pastoral poem): via Latin from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos herdsman from bous ox.