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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Recent Examples on the Web Actor, writer, award-winning journalist, lover of art and food, and a ferocious, classically trained musician. Dave Grohl, The Atlantic, "How Far Does the Apple Fall From the Tree?," 21 June 2020 She is known as pretty much being a classically hilarious person. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "Christian Slater on retelling the Betty Broderick story in the new season of ‘Dirty John’," 2 June 2020 Majumdar’s story is, in this sense, classically simple. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Début Novel’s Immersive Urgency," 1 June 2020 But the perimenopause is that years before, perhaps even up to 10 years, classically around five years, of hormonal changes. Get-fit Guy Brock Armstrong, Scientific American, "What Type of Exercise is Best During Menopause?," 5 Mar. 2020 Many more were classically elegant, creamy, lively and beautifully textured. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Rosé champagne brings the holiday joy," 28 Dec. 2019 There’s no better way to appreciate Melbourne’s cutting-edge streak than from the classically elegant rooms in The Langham Melbourne, a Southbank grande dame that does Chinese massages (thanks to its Chuan Spa) and high tea better than anyone. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Or someone more classically elegant, like Cary Grant. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "Decorating a Breezy, Caribbean-Inspired House," 19 June 2014 But Rolls doesn't build a torpedo as svelte and as classically proportioned as the DB7 and probably never will. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Makes the English Sports-Car Brand Relevant Again," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of classically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Classically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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