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[sem-ee-klas-i-kuh l, sem-ahy-]
  1. of or relating to music by classical composers that is familiar or appealing to the general public.
  2. of or relating to music intermediate in style between classical and popular music.
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Origin of semiclassical

First recorded in 1900–05; semi- + classical
Related formssem·i·clas·si·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for semiclassical

Historical Examples

  • Bryce hung up, leaned back on his bed and pushed a button that turned on the radio to a semiclassical program.

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

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