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[pas-cher, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃər, ˈpɑs-/
Also called pastureland
[pas-cher-land, pahs-] /ˈpæs tʃərˌlænd, ˈpɑs-/ (Show IPA)
. an area covered with grass or other plants used or suitable for the grazing of livestock; grassland.
a specific area or piece of such ground.
grass or other plants for feeding livestock.
verb (used with object), pastured, pasturing.
to feed (livestock) by putting them out to graze on pasture.
(of land) to furnish with pasture.
(of livestock) to graze upon.
verb (used without object), pastured, pasturing.
(of livestock) to graze in a pasture.
put out to pasture,
  1. to put in a pasture to graze.
  2. to dismiss, retire, or use sparingly as being past one's or its prime:
    Most of our older employees don't want to be put out to pasture.
Origin of pasture
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pāstūra, equivalent to Latin pāst(us), past participle of pāscere to feed, pasture (cf. pastor) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
pastural, adjective
pastureless, adjective
pasturer, noun
unpastured, adjective


[French pah-tyr] /French pɑˈtür/
[French raw-zhee-ey] /French rɔ ʒiˈeɪ/ (Show IPA),
or Roger
[French raw-zhey] /French rɔˈʒeɪ/ (Show IPA),
de la
[French duh-la] /French də la/ (Show IPA),
Weyden, Rogier van der. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pasture
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  • The chief source of income in Ireland came from the pasture lands on which cattle were bred.

  • He could run a mower, and clean a pasture of weeds in a day.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Dear Mistress, Mr. Bulbul is not a man at all, but that bull that you sometimes see over in the pasture.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • After entering the pasture, the princess paused and looked around.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The land will remain, but the land of this highest part of the Transvaal, though fit for pasture, does not lend itself to tillage.

British Dictionary definitions for pasture


land covered with grass or herbage and grazed by or suitable for grazing by livestock
a specific tract of such land
the grass or herbage growing on it
(transitive) to cause (livestock) to graze or (of livestock) to graze (a pasture)
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Late Latin pāstūra, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pasture

c.1300, "grass eaten by cattle," from Old French pasture "fodder, grass eaten by cattle" (12c., Modern French pâture), from Late Latin pastura "a feeding, grazing," from Latin pastus, past participle of pascere "to feed, graze" (see pastor). Meaning "land covered with vegetation suitable for grazing" is from early 14c. To be out to pasture "retired" is from 1945, from what was done (ideally) to horses after the active working life.


late 14c., of animals, "to graze;" early 15c., of humans, "to lead to pasture, to feed by putting in a pasture," from Old French pasturer (12c., Modern French pâturer, from pasture (see pasture (n.)). Related: Pastured; pasturing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pasture



The outfield of a baseball field (1891+ Baseball)

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outer garden, put someone or something out to pasture

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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