neo·​clas·​si·​cal ˌnē-ō-ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce neoclassical (audio)
variants or less commonly neoclassic
: of, relating to, or constituting a revival or adaptation of the classical especially in literature, music, art, or architecture
neoclassicism noun
neoclassicist noun or adjective

Examples of neoclassical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To remedy this, the Greek government embarked on excavations and a building program, erecting grandiose public edifices, museums and a university in the neoclassical style. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 It is decorated in a neoclassical style and pays tribute to the seventeenth-century fabulist, immortalized in a series of murals featuring his crafty foxes and unsuspecting crows. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Currently some 12,000 items are on display in the stately neoclassical edifice, but behind the scenes 150,000 more are arranged by type—cemetery reliefs, urns, statues—with slices of foam to protect them if an earthquake hits. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 The landscapes hang across from a smaller self-portrait, and all are executed in a neoclassical mode. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 One was a sales conference on artificial intelligence that filled a San Jose, Calif., hockey arena to the brim, the other a conclave on interest rates, inflation and unemployment at the Federal Reserve’s white marble neoclassical headquarters in Washington. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Rather, this boxing movie is also a work of neoclassical reckoning, in which the invocation of predecessors from the studio era gives lie to the idea of a simpler golden age. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 The neoclassical terrace was originally created as a string of townhouses for English royals and aristocrats. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2024 Four neoclassical European fireplaces found throughout showcase elaborate carvings. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History


neo- + classical or classic entry 1

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neoclassical was in 1877

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“Neoclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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