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classical

adjective uk   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/ us  

classical adjective (MUSIC)

A2 Classical music 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? 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 methods developed over a long period of time: Does she study classical ballet or modern ballet? He is one of our greatest classical actors. used to describe something that is attractive because it has a simple, traditional style: I love the classical lines of his dress designs.

classical adjective (CULTURE)

belonging to or relating to the culture of ancient Rome and Greece: the classical world classical literature
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classically
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
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
Translations of “classical”
in Korean 고전적인…
in Arabic كلاسيكي…
in French classique…
in Turkish klasik, eski Yunan ve Roma'ya ait…
in Italian classico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, 古典的…
in Russian классический, античный…
in Polish klasyczny…
in Spanish clásico, clásica…
in Portuguese clássico…
in German klassisch, erstklassig…
in Catalan clàssic…
in Japanese クラシックな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, 古典的…
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