Definition of classical
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
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
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 : 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
the classical preparation of a ham for Easter
a writer celebrated for his classical profiles of eminent Victorians
Recent Examples of classical from the Web
Classical music fans can also see the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato perform on medici.tv.
This ultra-luxury hotel and resort was modeled on a 16th-century neo-classical Italian palace, and Donatella Versace herself directed the design, from the gold-gilded ceilings and opulent mosaics to the custom furniture and fabrics.
Professor Burstein loved music, especially classical guitar and opera.
The group’s mission is to present concerts of the entire spectrum of brass music, from classical to music of other cultures and jazz, according to the band’s website.
So yes: this is the man who rules classical Athens.
When guests approached the event (feeling like movie stars, no less) they were greeted by stairs lined with fresh white roses, thousands of candles and classical violinists.
The account is marred by the tendency of the authors to fall back on simple self-help mantras and overly weighty references to classical texts such as Carl von Clausewitz’s On War and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Olatuja, originally from St. Louis, has been keeping her voice active in the words of opera, classical, gospel and jazz.
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Origin and Etymology of classical
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
CLASSICAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of classical for Students
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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