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Definition of classical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1widely accepted and used for a long time; traditional in style or idea the classical economics of Smith and Ricardo the classical theory of unemployment classical and modern ballet
  2. 2connected with or influenced by the culture of ancient Greece and Rome classical studies a classical scholar (= an expert in Latin and Greek) classical architecture
  3. 3(of music) written in a Western musical tradition, usually using an established form (for example a symphony ), and not played on electronic instruments. Classical music is generally considered to be serious and to have lasting value He plays classical music, as well as rock and jazz. a classical composer/violinist Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CD put on/play a CD/a song/some music turn down/up the music/radio/volume/bass go to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recital copy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVD download music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoplaying play a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by ear sing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tune hum a tune/a theme song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in concert appear at a festival/live go on/embark on a (world) tourrecording write/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphony land/get/sign a record deal be signed to/be dropped by a record company record/release/put out an album/a single/a CD be on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one
  4. 4= classic These are classical examples of food allergy.
  5. 5(of a language) ancient in its form and no longer used in a spoken form classical Arabic
  6. 6simple and attractive the classical elegance of the design
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adverb Her face is classically beautiful. Classically, pregnant women start to “nest” shortly before the baby is born. a classically trained singer note at classic
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