clas·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈkla-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce classically (audio) \

Definition of classically

1 : in a classic or classical manner classically exact forms of the dance classically trained
2a : in classic or traditional circumstances : typically classically, the whole fish is stuffed
b : as a classic example classically bad writing

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Recent Examples on the Web Every actor, whether they are classically trained or more instinctive like Williams, in some way uses their own experiences to fuel their work. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2021 My white, wide leg jeans and chunky black belt with a gold buckle and black muscle tee feels very classically American. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 25 May 2021 Hamm’s ordeal to a classically African-American way of processing sorrow. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 The message is familiar, and classically American: bootstraps and businesses, Horatio Alger for the Instagram generation. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Keeping the classical vocabulary high in the mix is important to Garland, who said that classically trained Black dancers are too often seen as suited only for contemporary works. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 He’d been classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and raised in Texas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 17 Aug. 2021 Born in south Morocco and classically trained in France, Abitbol has opened cafés around the country. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga,, 19 July 2021 Colón, classically trained in ballet and jazz, dances alongside performers decades younger, nailing high-energy hip-hop and salsa moves without missing a beat. Next Avenue, Forbes, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of classically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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17 Sep 2021

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“Classically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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