Definition of classical
- classical civilization
- a classical scholar
- classical Mendelian genetics
- classical physics
- a classical curriculum
the classical preparation of a ham for Easter
a writer celebrated for his classical profiles of eminent Victorians
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First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
: 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
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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