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"classical" in British English

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classicaladjective

uk   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/ us   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/
  • classical adjective (MUSIC)

A2 Classical music is considered to be part of a long, formal tradition and to be of lasting value: Do you prefer classical music like Mozart and Mahler, or pop?
specialized music used to refer to a style of music written in Europe between about 1750 and 1830: The works of Haydn and Mozart belong to the classical period.

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classically
adverb uk   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl.i/ us   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl.i/
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
(Definition of classical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"classical" in American English

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classicaladjective

us   /ˈklæs·ɪ·kəl/
  • classical adjective (ANCIENT)

world history belonging to or relating to the culture of ancient Rome and Greece: classical architecture/languages
  • classical adjective (TRADITIONAL)

traditional in style or form, or using methods developed over a long period of time: classical ballet
(Definition of classical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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