classical Definition

  • 1relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world and especially to its literature, art, architecture, or ideals
  • 2representing an exemplary standard within a traditional and long-established form or style
  • 3relating to music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, chiefly characterized by an emphasis on formal structure, simplicity, balance, and the tonal system

Using classical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "classical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The classical education system emphasizes the study of ancient languages and cultures.

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    The building's design is inspired by classical architecture.

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    She has a classical sense of style when it comes to fashion.

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    Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of classical music.

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    The company's logo has a classical look and feel.

classical Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with classical

  • classical studies

    the academic discipline that focuses on the language, literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome


    He majored in classical studies in college.

  • a style of dance that emphasizes formal technique, precision of movement, and gracefulness


    Ballet is a type of classical dance.

  • a type of learning in which a neutral stimulus comes to elicit a response after being paired with a stimulus that naturally elicits that response


    Pavlov's dogs are a classic example of classical conditioning.

Origins of classical

from Latin 'classicus', meaning 'of the highest class of Roman citizens'


Summary: classical in Brief

The term 'classical' [ˈklæsɪkl] refers to things that are related to ancient Greek and Roman culture, or that represent an exemplary standard within a traditional and established form or style. It can also refer to music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries characterized by formal structure, simplicity, balance, and the tonal system. Examples include classical education, classical architecture, and classical music.

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