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Definition of classical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    classical

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈklæsɪkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklæsɪkl//
     
    [usually before noun] Styles of music, Describing art, Architectural styles
     
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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 See related entries: Architectural styles
  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 a lasting value. He plays classical music, as well as pop and jazz. a classical composer/violinist CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​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 tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a 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 top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one See related entries: Styles of music
  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 See related entries: Describing art
  7. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘outstanding of its kind’): from Latin classicus ‘belonging to a class’ (later ‘of the highest class’, from classis ‘a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils’) + -al.
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