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
And Daniel Sun, who loves classical music, plays piano, flute and piccolo.
In 1979, artist Michael Asher produced an installation for an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago which simply moved a statue of George Washington from outside the museum to a gallery filled with neo-classical French art.
Donovan had developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic, classical and other music, such as calypso.
For only $10 a ticket, Ravinia patrons this summer have their pick of more than 20 concerts by promising and established classical musicians.
Mr. Lewiston had studied classical music at an English conservatory before apprenticing himself in the early 1950s to Thomas de Hartmann, a composer who was a follower of the Russian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff.
Moment Musical, a classical chamber music ensemble, presents its Sunday Serenade Concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons.
Last October, a group of classical musicians performed a Halloween show in a rather unusual place: The Live Oak.
Mainly Mozart What: Top classical musicians from around the world will perform the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers throughout June.
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Origin and Etymology of classical
First Known Use: 1546
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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