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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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 This was a practice of later Renaissance artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, whose classically inspired figures, like those here, would be endowed with a new sense of life and movement. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 Road workers repairing earthquake and eruption damage flashed us shakas, the classically Hawaiian gesture to hang loose. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 Ralph Lauren models are classically beautiful, even when casting is trending toward edgier looks. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Ralph Lauren Wants People to Feel Good About Their Country," 7 Nov. 2018 As always, Hollinghurst writes classically beautiful prose, which like James’s is constantly intelligent, alert and mobile. Adam Kirsch, New York Times, "Scandal Puts a Gay Father in Prison. What of His Gay Son, a Generation Later?," 4 May 2018 Oosthuizen,whose classically beautiful swing starkly contrasted Watson's homemade move,missed the fairway to the right but seemed to have the advantage. Daniel Rapaport,, "Best Masters Memories From the Past 20 Years: No. 4 - Bubba's Rope Hook in the Playoff," 1 Apr. 2018 Gwyneth's traditional ceremony gown, created in collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccoli of Valentino, spoke to her desire for a classically bridal moment, complete with loads of lace, a fuller skirt, and a simple tulle veil. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Shared All the Details From Her Wedding–and Her Gown is Breathtaking," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of classically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of classically was in 1646

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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