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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Downtown Detroit’s State Savings Bank hasn’t been occupied for decades, but come October 10, the building—a neoclassical pile designed by McKim, Mead, and White that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982—will find a new life. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Artist Doug Aitken's Stunning New Detroit Exhibit Holds a Mirror Up to the Way America Lives," 8 Oct. 2018 Then there’s Montevideo, a beachside city filled with neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where Should You Go in 2019? These Global Destinations Are Officially on the Rise," 26 Sep. 2018 Solid, neoclassical banks like Trumbauer’s are often seen as architectural expressions of America’s democratic values. Inga Saffron,, "How a Philadelphia lawyer turned a historic bank into a shrine to democracy (and his legal career)," 3 June 2018 Credit the muted palette of greiges and modern-leaning decor that cut the neoclassical and art deco interiors down to size. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Europe," 1 May 2018 By then, however, white marble had become a symbol of the pure neoclassical aesthetic, so the fact that polychromy was likely common in ancient Greece met with considerable resistance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Those painted sculptures in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are true to history," 23 Oct. 2018 But neoclassical British architect Benjamin Latrobe decided the Rotunda is for the people. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "History at the Capitol Rotunda, where McCain's casket will lie in state," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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