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 Throughout the classical music world, the DSO’s landing Luisi as music director was widely considered a coup. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 What’s been rewarding about your work in classical music? Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Stacy Sims – Thousands of students begin each day with a mindfulness prompt and classical music provided by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Opera thanks to Mindful Music Moments, implemented by Stacy Sims. The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2021 Having gone back to school for his degree in classical music, work as a member of the White House orchestra followed. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The daughter of migrants from the southern Indian state of Kerala effortlessly performed a Carnatic (a genre of classical Indian music) song. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The Dutch startup, which maintains offices in Amsterdam and New York, will shut down its service on Sept. 7, with plans to launch a dedicated experience for classical music fans in 2022. Micah Singleton, Billboard, 30 Aug. 2021 The group’s repertoire reflects Wilson-Toliver’s own diverse musical interests: classical music (from Gregorian chants to Wagner), Broadway showtunes, gospel ... Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 27 Aug. 2021 The couple married, went on to performing and teaching careers in classical music and stayed close to Ms. Ginsberg. Annabelle Williams, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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“Classical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classical. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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classical

adjective

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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