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classical

adjective (TRADITIONAL)    /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/
C2 traditional in style or form , or based on methods developed over a long period of time : Does she study classical ballet or modern ballet ? He is one of our greatest classical actors .Custom, tradition and conformity describes something that is attractive because it has a simple , traditional style : I love the classical lines of his dress designs .AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant 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 (TRADITIONAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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