One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A musical or literary work with pastoral associations.
2A church composition for the Christmas season in certain European countries in the 17th–19th centuries, usually for singers and a small orchestra and representing the Christmas narrative in Luke 2.
3A medieval lyric whose theme is love for a shepherdess.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Italian pastorella shepherd girl, Arcadian poetess, a kind of Christmas music from pastore + -ella; compare also Italian pastorelleria poetic work set in a pastoral environment. Compare post-classical Latin pastorella pastoral or bucolic song, French pastourelle, Old Occitan pastorella shepherdess, young shepherdess, lyric genre, Spanish pastorela, Portuguese pastorela, and also Dutch † pastorelle, German Pastorelle.
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