clas·​si·​cist ˈkla-sə-sist How to pronounce classicist (audio)
: an advocate or follower of classicism
: a classical scholar
classicistic adjective

Examples of classicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karl Wallinger, the mastermind behind the neo-psychedelic pop classicists World Party who also played in the Waterboys during their early years, died Sunday at age 66. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 In the first part of her career, Grande was mainly a classicist with roots in hip-hop soul, ’90s R&B and brassy show tunes. Shaad D’souza, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2024 Pulling in the meticulous articulation of a Mabel Mercer and the spirited inspiration of classicists such as Puccini, Sinatra — a man untrained in reading music — dealt in passion and nuance as a vocalist. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 27 Oct. 2023 James is a modern classicist — a sort of reggae Dave Cobb — who is well-versed in vintage dub vibes and clearly plays well with studio vets. Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 The complex history that put this image on both sides of the January 6 skirmish lines is the subject of The Fasces, an engrossing study by the Rutgers classicist T. Corey Brennan. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2023 The School of Homer got its name in English some two hundred years ago, from a local priest who showed the site to a British classicist. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Many classicists are skeptical of the way that their field is being talked about in K-12 education. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Vivian Ayers Allen is a poet and American classicist who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems entitled Spice of Dawns (1952). Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of classicist was in 1827

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“Classicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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