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From classic, from Latin classicus (of the first class).


  • IPA(key): /'klæs?kl?/
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  • Hyphenation: clas?si?cal


classical (comparative more classical, superlative most classical)

  1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
  2. Of or pertaining to established principles in a discipline.
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      Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get; what you get is classical alpha-taxonomy which is, very largely and for sound reasons, in disrepute today.
  3. (music) Describing European music and musicians of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  4. (informal, music) Describing art music (rather than pop, jazz, blues, etc), especially when played using instruments of the orchestra.
  5. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
  6. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined
    classical dance.
  7. (physics) Pertaining to models of physical laws that do not take quantum or relativistic effects into account; Newtonian or Maxwellian.


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