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

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His recent pair of compositions for classical ensembles or an album from his latest metal group? Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: A Tour Through the Hyperactive World of John Zorn," 2 July 2018 Ráday utca 4, costes.hu Where to go local The city’s leading classical music ensemble, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, draws a world-wide following, but concerts tend to attract locals. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 As Peter Margasak pointed out in his recent feature on Third Coast Percussion, classical percussion ensembles are a relatively recent phenomenon. Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music Percussionist Bill Solomon celebrates a new CD with an hour of bells and bowed bronze," 23 May 2018 Another Park Ridge classical music ensemble also had its season cut this year as well. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge summer concerts in need of donations, director says," 9 Mar. 2018 In classical Greek tragedy, a chorus supplies commentary on the grisly doings of gods and men. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Heroine Burning With Purpose," 29 Mar. 2019 Ruth was a harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, so classical recitals were common in the front formal rooms. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley," 14 Mar. 2019 Designers wanted to give players total freedom to move around all of classical-era Europe, from Caledonia to Arachosia and all points in between. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Total War: Rome II devs built all of Europe—and the AI ignored most of it," 19 Dec. 2018 The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th," 3 Dec. 2018

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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

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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