neo·clas·si·cal | \ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-si-kəl \
variants: or less commonly neoclassic \ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-sik \

Definition of neoclassical 

: of, relating to, or constituting a revival or adaptation of the classical especially in literature, music, art, or architecture

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Other Words from neoclassical

neoclassicism \ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-sə-ˌsi-zəm \ noun
neoclassicist \ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-sə-sist \ noun or adjective

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In fact, the pointe shoe grew out of the neoclassical design of straight slippers. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Walk This Way: Footwear From the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes’ Review," 1 May 2018 The boutique hotel, which melds neoclassical and Art Deco elements to exceptional effect, overlooks the famous Plaza San Francisco and the city’s surrounding volcanoes. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Visit the Galapagos Like a Royal," 23 June 2018 After moving to Paris as refugees, Lempicka inhaled her grandiose surroundings and began her rendition of late neoclassical and refined cubist art inspired by the avant garde art of the era. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Who is Tamara de Lempicka? Google honors Polish Art Deco artist," 16 May 2018 The synthesis of Keynesian and neoclassical ideas informed a new approach to managing the business cycle. The Economist, "Economists still lack a proper understanding of business cycles," 19 Apr. 2018 When Canova’s statue arrived in Raleigh, N.C., in 1821, the American press went wild for the likeness of the first president, wearing Roman military dress and drafting his farewell address, by the Italian neoclassical sculptor. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 And the style is neoclassical almost to an extreme: Columns and archways are everywhere, statues of four muses stand at the corners, and the south apse apes the one in the ancient Roman Pantheon. Steve Johnson,, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 Although the mammoth neoclassical building, which resembles a great train station, was listed on the city’s historic register in 2016, its requires millions in repairs and environmental clean-up. Inga Saffron,, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 From about $540 a night, Where to eat Borkonyha Wine Kitchen, in the shadow of V’s neoclassical St. Stephen’s Basilica, cross-pollinates French savoir-faire with Hungarian chutzpah, and has a Michelin star to boot. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of neoclassical

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoclassical

neo- + classical or classic entry 1

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