semi·​clas·​si·​cal ˌse-mē-ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce semiclassical (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a musical composition that is intermediate in style between classical and popular music

Examples of semiclassical in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semiclassical was in 1847

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“Semiclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


semi·​clas·​si·​cal ˌsem-i-ˈklas-i-kəl How to pronounce semiclassical (audio)
: having some of the characteristics of the classical
: of or relating to a classical musical composition that has become generally popular
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