Meaning of “classical” in the English Dictionary

"classical" in British English

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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.

More examples

  • The newcomer on the radio scene is a commercial station devoted to classical music.
  • Some critics say he prostituted his musical skills by going into pop rather than staying with classical music.
  • What do you want to listen to - jazz, classical or pop?
  • I'm not very big on classical music.
  • In the classical music world these days, authentic instruments are where it's at.
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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us /ˈklæs·ɪ·kəl/

classical adjective (ANCIENT)

world history belonging to or relating to the culture of ancient Rome and Greece:

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)