[klas-i-kuh l]



classical music: a jazz pianist who studied classical for years.

Nearby words

  1. classbook,
  2. classes,
  3. classic,
  4. classic blues,
  5. classic car,
  6. classical antiquity,
  7. classical armenian,
  8. classical chinese,
  9. classical college,
  10. classical conditioning

Origin of classical

First recorded in 1580–90; classic + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedclassic classical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for classical



of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks and Romans or their civilization, esp in the period of their ascendancy
designating, following, or influenced by the art or culture of ancient Greece or Romeclassical architecture
  1. of, relating to, or denoting any music or its period of composition marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraintCompare romantic (def. 5)
  2. accepted as a standardthe classical suite
  3. denoting serious art music in generalCompare pop 1 (def. 2)
music of or relating to a style of music composed, esp at Vienna, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This period is marked by the establishment, esp by Haydn and Mozart, of sonata form
denoting or relating to a style in any of the arts characterized by emotional restraint and conservatisma classical style of painting See classicism (def. 1)
well versed in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome
(of an education) based on the humanities and the study of Latin and Greek
  1. not involving the quantum theory or the theory of relativityclassical mechanics
  2. obeying the laws of Newtonian mechanics or 19th-century physicsa classical gas
(of a logical or mathematical system) according with the law of excluded middle, so that every statement is known to be either true or false even if it is not known which
Derived Formsclassicality or classicalness, nounclassically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for classical


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