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English definition of “classical”


adjective (MUSIC)    /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/
A2 describes music that is considered to be part of a long especially formal tradition and to be of lasting value : Do you prefer classical music like Mozart and Mahler, or pop ?Types of music specialized music describes a style of music written in Europe between about 1750 and 1830: The works of Haydn and Mozart belong to the classical period .Types of music Grammar:Classic or classical?Grammar:Classic: adjectiveClassic means ‘high quality’. In particular, we use it to mean something that is valued because it has a traditional style:Grammar:Classic: nounWe can use a classic and the classics to refer to the greatest and most famous works of literature from the past:Grammar:Classical: adjectiveWe use classical to refer to the culture of the past and to art forms which belong to a long formal tradition: classically     /-i/ adverb She is a classically trained dancer . The dress combines stylish lines with an attractive floral print for a classically feminine look . a classically beautiful face Custom, tradition and conformitySamples and examplesVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of classical adjective (MUSIC) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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