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Meaning of “classical” in the English Dictionary

"classical" in British English

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classicaladjective

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

A2 Classical ​music is ​considered to be ​part of a ​long, ​formaltradition and to be of ​lastingvalue: 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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  • classical adjective (TRADITIONAL)

C2 traditional in ​style or ​form, or ​based on ​methodsdeveloped over a ​longperiod of ​time: Does she ​study classical ​ballet or ​modernballet? He is one of ​ourgreatest classical ​actors. used to ​describe something that is ​attractive because it has a ​simple, ​traditionalstyle: I ​love the classical ​lines of his ​dressdesigns.
classically
adverb uk   us   /-i/
She is a classically ​traineddancer. The ​dresscombinesstylishlines with an ​attractivefloralprint for a classically ​femininelook. a classically ​beautifulface
(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 ​methodsdeveloped over a ​longperiod of ​time: classical ​ballet
(Definition of classical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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