neo·​clas·​si·​cal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce neoclassical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly neoclassic \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈkla-​sik How to pronounce neoclassic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce neoclassicism (audio) \ noun
neoclassicist \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈkla-​sə-​sist How to pronounce neoclassicist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of neoclassical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The window depicts a sunset view from the neoclassical portico of an imaginary mansion twirled with wisteria vines that frame a distant perspective of a temple-like portico of a building resembling the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 1916 building. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tiffany lamp show at Cleveland Museum of Art brightens dark time of year," 12 Jan. 2020 The sound is neoclassical, inspired, at various points, by Haydn’s Symphony No. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "The Safdie Brothers’ Full-Immersion Filmmaking," 9 Dec. 2019 The view of work in neoclassical economics as something that people will do only in exchange for money was always crude: skilled labour demands effort but also brings joy. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019 The beautiful neoclassical music by Daniel Kluger seems to comment on them, and his sound design, including the unholy racket of passing trains as integrated into the cavernous space by Drew Levy, seems to judge them. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big," 11 Dec. 2019 In 1937, the wealthy Davis family enlisted Palm Beach's favorite society architect, John Volk, to devise a neoclassical, Adam-style home. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Painstaking Renovation of "the Grey Gardens of Palm Beach"," 12 Nov. 2019 The biggest challenge was simply that the family absolutely detested neoclassical design. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins," 7 June 2019 The event, a celebration of five years of work by the charity, was held at Fishmongers’ Hall, an elegant neoclassical building that opens onto London Bridge. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Squalid Politicization of London’s Latest Terrorist Attack," 3 Dec. 2019 But Wright’s austere design firmly rejected the neoclassical rigidity and ornamentation of the White City. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of neoclassical was in 1877

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“Neoclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neoclassical

: relating to a style of art or architecture like the ones found in ancient Greece or Rome

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