clas·​si·​cal·​ly ˈkla-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce classically (audio)
: in a classic or classical manner
classically exact forms of the dance
classically trained
: in classic or traditional circumstances : typically
classically, the whole fish is stuffed
: as a classic example
classically bad writing

Examples of classically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The answer is in part to be found in a fact that Frum notes but finds puzzling: that active bigotry in Wilson’s era was more commonly found among progressives and economic populists than among classically liberal conservatives such as Lodge. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 Dex is the campus heartthrob, a classically handsome, posh Londoner who majored in partying and is looking forward to a year of travel. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Perhaps none is as classically Snapchat as disappearing messages, though. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2024 The remaking of a classically white film with a cast of Black music legends made the series more inclusive and incredibly entertaining. Kimanzi Constable, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 Woven cane backed chairs are also classically Parisian. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 Ecstatic to see her friend Margaret Qualley open the show in a modern interpretation on the bouclé skirt suit, Powley wanted to channel a similar classically cool vibe. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 Tavern has been an integral part of Grand Avenue, serving walleye in a multitude of ways — from classically grilled, blackened or deep-fried to inside tacos, on top of fettuccine alfredo, in spring rolls and even for breakfast. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2024 The Challenger’s bluff silhouette is as classically cool as a pair of Levis. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of classically was in 1646

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“Classically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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clas·​si·​cal·​ly ˈklas-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce classically (audio)
: in a classic or classical manner
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