clas·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈkla-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce classically (audio) \

Definition of classically

1 : in a classic or classical manner classically exact forms of the dance classically trained
2a : in classic or traditional circumstances : typically classically, the whole fish is stuffed
b : as a classic example classically bad writing

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For instance, our mothers both taught us piano and we were classically trained early on. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "First Look: Vanessa Carlton Makes Her Broadway Debut as Carole King in 'Beautiful'," 26 June 2019 Blue mango’s new foliage is bright red, like that of so many tropical plants (an interesting story in its own right), always eye-catching against the deep green, strappy, classically tropical foliage of the mango. Kenneth Setzer,, "What is the mysterious blue mango?," 25 June 2019 Yagihashi is classically French-trained but is known for incorporating Japanese flavors, ingredients and techniques into his cuisine. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "An early taste of Pernoi, one of metro Detroit's most anticipated restaurants ever," 19 June 2019 The key feature of the five-story classically designed building will be a jazz nightclub and cabaret dinner and music venue. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel needs to pay an additional $85,000 on bond for luxury hotel construction," 13 June 2019 Embrace an ethos of artfully undone rather than classically done-up—and when in doubt, add a touch of shimmer. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Let Margot Robbie Be Your Guide to Modern Bohemian Beauty," 6 June 2019 Sure a few celebrities might push the boundaries with ornate hair accessories or lime green eyeshadow, but most fall squarely in the camp of classically pretty. Glamour, "Met Gala 2019: So Many Celebrities Went Blond for the Night," 7 May 2019 Kling doesn’t create classical work, but he has been classically trained as a goldsmith—from the age of 15. Vogue, "Meet Göran Kling, Who Is Crafting Street-Smart “Slang” Jewelry in Sweden," 26 Mar. 2019 The film looks hilariously relatable, and includes a classically funny A-list cast like Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Kaitlyn Dever Was Just Cast in a Major Movie," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of classically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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