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[sem-ee-klas-i-kuh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈklæs ɪ kəl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
of or relating to music by classical composers that is familiar or appealing to the general public.
of or relating to music intermediate in style between classical and popular music.
Origin of semiclassical
First recorded in 1900-05; semi- + classical
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semiclassically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bryce hung up, leaned back on his bed and pushed a button that turned on the radio to a semiclassical program.

  • The gymnasium was divided into three types: the classical, the semiclassical, and the scientific.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

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