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adjective clas·si·cal \ˈkla-si-kəl\

Definition of classical

  1. 1 :  standard, classic

  2. 2a :  of or relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its literature, art, architecture, or ideals classical civilizationb :  versed in the classics a classical scholar

  3. 3a :  of or relating to music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderationb :  of, relating to, or being music in the educated European tradition that includes such forms as art song, chamber music, opera, and symphony as distinguished from folk or popular music or jazz

  4. 4a :  authoritative, traditionalb (1) :  of or relating to a form or system considered of first significance in earlier times classical Mendelian genetics (2) :  not involving relativity, wave mechanics, or quantum theory classical physicsc :  conforming to a pattern of usage sanctioned by a body of literature rather than by everyday speech

  5. 5 :  concerned with or giving instruction in the humanities, the fine arts, and the broad aspects of science a classical curriculum

Examples of classical in a Sentence

  1. the classical preparation of a ham for Easter

  2. a writer celebrated for his classical profiles of eminent Victorians

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Origin and Etymology of classical

Latin classicus

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CLASSICAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of classical for English Language Learners

  • : of a kind that has been respected for a long time

  • : of or relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its language, literature, art, etc.

  • : relating to music in a European tradition that includes opera and symphony and that is generally considered more serious than other kinds of music


CLASSICAL Defined for Kids

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adjective clas·si·cal \ˈkla-si-kəl\

Definition of classical for Students

  1. 1 :  of a kind that has long been considered great classical ballet

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its language and arts

  3. 3 :  relating to music in a European tradition that includes opera and symphony and that is generally considered more serious than other kinds of music

  4. 4 :  concerned with a general study of the arts and sciences a classical education



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