clas·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈkla-si-k(ə-)lē \

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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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 Teen Vogue: You were classically trained growing up. Alexa Eschert, Teen Vogue, "Dizzy Fae Opens Up About a Year in the Spotlight," 29 Nov. 2018 For a while now, the fashion industry has been struck by a collective nostalgia for classically feminine fashion mores. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How One Danish It Girl and Her Best Friends Are Restyling Her Mom’s ’90s Couture Clothes," 1 Oct. 2018 Yet somehow the formula feels wearable for special occasions—if paired with an equally edgy outfit or contrasted with a more classically feminine look. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Dropped A Black Fenty Beauty Lipstick Just in Time For Halloween," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of classically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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