- of, relating to, or constituting the formally and artistically more sophisticated and enduring types of music, as distinguished from popular and folk music and jazz. Classical music includes symphonies, operas, sonatas, song cycles, and lieder.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the well-ordered, chiefly homophonic musical style of the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries: Haydn and Mozart are classical composers.
- noting or pertaining to the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, especially the religious and public architecture, characterized by the employment of orders.Compare order (def. 27b).
- noting or pertaining to any of several styles of architecture closely imitating the architecture of ancient Greece or Rome; neoclassic.
- noting or pertaining to architectural details or motifs adapted from ancient Greek or Roman models.
- (of an architectural design) simple, reposeful, well-proportioned, or symmetrical in a manner suggesting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH classicalclassic, classical
How to use classical in a sentence
This showcasing of classical culinary skill and American bounty became the prototype for diplomatic dinners and executive functions thereafter.George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving celebrated liberty. But the chef behind the feast had none.|Ramin Ganeshram|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
After he took his psilocybin—the hallucinatory compound in magic mushrooms—from a chalice, he reclined, put a mask over his eyes, and listened to classical music, as the researchers watched and guided his experience.
Those schooled at Harvard, Princeton, or William and Mary, like John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, made their way through tutorials in classical history, often relying on texts in the original languages.Noble virtues, bad history: How Greece and Rome influenced America’s founders|Charles King|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
The highest-weighted path is generally the one you’d expect from ordinary classical physics, but not always.
We’re entering a new era that places other plays into the classical theater realm.
Much like the Taj Mahal, Revel opened in classically gaudy Atlantic City style in April 2012—with a sunrise Champagne toast.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Classically, by turning on/off several genetic switches, scientists can revert cells to a less specialized stage.
In order to build a Jewish nation and society, Zionists classically engaged in “negation of the Diaspora,” or shlilat hagolah.Jonathan Pollard Means Israeli-American Squabbling Instead of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation|Raphael Magarik|July 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Classically, three protagonists stand, pistols drawn, all with each other in the crosshairs at close range.
Hitler is not a classically Cratylic name—not like Chastity.
Mr. Ruskin bade us worship his hero, classically screened in a cloud.Art in England|Dutton Cook
She dressed always in white, and she was tall and pale and classically beautiful, and she was often silent, like a spirit.
Jean Clemens was the only bridesmaid, and she was stately and classically beautiful, with a proud dignity in her office.
Classically treated the subject might yet produce one of the greatest pictures of all time.The Belovd Vagabond|William J. Locke
Jim was classically regular of feature, while Will possessed all the irregularity and brightness of his Hibernian ancestry.The One-Way Trail|Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for classical
- not involving the quantum theory or the theory of relativityclassical mechanics
- obeying the laws of Newtonian mechanics or 19th-century physicsa classical gas