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classical

adjective uk   us   /ˈklæs.ɪ.kəl/

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   us   /-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
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