Definitions for classicalˈklæs ɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clas•si•calˈklæs ɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Greek and Roman antiquity:

    classical literature; classical languages.

  2. conforming to ancient Greek and Roman models in literature or art, or to later systems modeled upon them.

  3. marked by classicism:

    classical simplicity.

  4. of, pertaining to, or being music of the European tradition marked by sophistication of structural elements and embracing opera, art song, symphonic and chamber music, and works for solo instrument. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the chiefly homophonic musical style of the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. of or pertaining to the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, characterized esp. by the employment of orders. of or pertaining to any style of architecture imitating the architecture of ancient Greece or Rome; neoclassic. simple, reposeful, well-proportioned, or symmetrical in a manner suggesting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Category: Architecture

    Ref: Compare order (def. 24b). 27 2

  6. (often cap.) of or pertaining to a style of literature or art that adheres to established treatments and critical standards and that emphasizes formal simplicity, balance, and controlled emotion

    Category: Literature, Fine Arts

    Ref: (contrasted with romantic 7 ).

  7. pertaining to or versed in the ancient classics:

    a classical scholar.

  8. relating to or teaching academic branches of knowledge, as distinguished from technical subjects.

    Category: Education

  9. accepted as standard and authoritative, as distinguished from novel or experimental:

    classical physics.

  10. (n.)classical music.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of classical:

1580–90

clas′si•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. classical music, classical, serious music(adj)

    traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste

  2. classical, classic(adj)

    of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture

    "classic Cinese pottery"

  3. authoritative, classical, classic, definitive(adj)

    of recognized authority or excellence

    "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"

  4. classical(adj)

    of or relating to the study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome

    " a classical scholar"

  5. classical(adj)

    (language) having the form used by ancient standard authors

    "classical Greek

  6. classical, classic, Greco-Roman, Graeco-Roman, Hellenic(adj)

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures

    "classical mythology"; "classical

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. classical(adjective)ˈklæs ɪ kəl

    relating to ancient Greek or Latin

    classical myths

  2. classicalˈklæs ɪ kəl

    done in the traditional or original way

    classical Liberal political views

Wiktionary

  1. classical(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.

  2. classical(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to established principles in a discipline.

  3. classical(Adjective)

    Describing European music and musicians of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

  4. classical(Adjective)

    Describing serious music (rather than pop, jazz, blues etc), especially when played using instruments of the orchestra.

  5. classical(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.

  6. classical(Adjective)

    Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.

  7. Origin: From classic, from Latin classicus (of the first class).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Classical(noun)

    of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art

  2. Classical(noun)

    of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds

  3. Classical(noun)

    conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'classical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2987

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'classical' in Adjectives Frequency: #412


Translations for classical

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

classical(adjective)

(especially of literature, art etc) of ancient Greece and Rome

classical studies.

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