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

Examples of neoclassical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located just off the famed Syntagma Square, and near the Presidential Mansion and Hellenic Parliament, the modest low-slung building is neoclassical in style, welcoming visitors through a portico with twin ionic columns. CNN, 15 June 2021 Also featured is the trumpeter Jon Faddis, a precocious Dizzy Gillespie disciple and emulator who played bebop with a sincere passion and a neoclassical virtuosity—and who was only twenty at the time. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 The granite building was designed by architect Carlos Amarante in the neoclassical style and incorporates Baroque influences. Lisa Chamoff, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Also an hour away from St Andrews, or less by helicopter, Kinross House has been described as the most important neoclassical Palladian mansion in Scotland, dating from 1685. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The monument towers over us, uniquely geometric in a city of Doric columns and neoclassical fizz. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2021 Over the years, the music world has repeatedly recognized Rhoads’ effortless playing and his unique neoclassical approach to heavy metal. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 The neoclassical showpiece Steinway Hall was completed in 1925 by the famed architects Whitney Warren and Charles Delevan Wetmore, of Warren and Wetmore. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Decked out in neoclassical splendor, the Torlonia Museum opened in 1876, but only to visitors inscribed in the Golden Book of Italian Nobility, a manuscript in the Central State Archive in Rome that provided the definitive list of Italian peerage. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Neoclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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