classical

adjective
clas·​si·​cal | \ ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce classical (audio) \

Definition of classical

2a : of or relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its literature, art, architecture, or ideals classical civilization
b : versed in the classics a classical scholar
3a : of or relating to music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation
b : 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
b(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 physics
c : conforming to a pattern of usage sanctioned by a body of literature rather than by everyday speech
5 : concerned with or giving instruction in the humanities, the fine arts, and the broad aspects of science a classical curriculum

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Examples of classical in a Sentence

the classical preparation of a ham for Easter a writer celebrated for his classical profiles of eminent Victorians
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of the world’s top cryptographers are involved in a competition to develop new encryption standards for the U.S., which would guard against both classical and quantum-computing cyberattacks. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Visa, JPMorgan Are Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks," 9 Oct. 2020 Every two years, the association alternates between classical and jazz competitions. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Joel Harrison, CEO of the American Pianists Association, will retire next year," 6 Oct. 2020 So the full solution to a problem will require a mix of classical and quantum calculations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave releases its next-generation quantum annealing chip," 29 Sep. 2020 High quality video recordings of most of this fall’s DSO classical and pops concerts will be available a few days later on the orchestra’s website, this one on Oct. 2. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A most enjoyable Dallas Symphony concert," 25 Sep. 2020 Residents can tune in for curated gospel, classical and jazz music. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Families are looking for closure and uplifted spirits on Detroit Memorial Day," 31 Aug. 2020 This idea of art having a function beyond aesthetic pleasure is alien to classical and modern notions of painting. National Geographic, "Anonymous artists invented ancient Egypt's iconic style," 27 Aug. 2020 Ksenia is learning classical and opera vocals under international performing artist and music educator Rebecca Steinke in San Diego. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "9-year old singer wins gold at international “Talent Olympics”," 12 Aug. 2020 The concerts highlight rock, indie, classical and Americana bands which are all based in the Northeast Ohio area. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Maltz Performing Arts Center shares local music in livestream series," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of classical

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for classical

Latin classicus

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18 Oct 2020

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“Classical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classical. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for classical

classical

adjective
How to pronounce classical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of classical

: 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

adjective
clas·​si·​cal | \ ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce classical (audio) \

Kids Definition of classical

1 : of a kind that has long been considered great classical ballet
2 : of or relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its language and arts
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 : concerned with a general study of the arts and sciences a classical education

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