- classic (senses & )
- of the art, literature, and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans, or their writers, artists, etc.
- characteristic of or derived from the literary and artistic standards, principles, and methods of the ancient Greeks and Romans
- well versed in or devoted to Greek and Roman culture, literature, etc.: a classical scholar
- designating or of a specified area or course of study that is or has been standard and traditionally authoritative, not new, recent, and experimental: classical political science
- [occas.C-] of, characteristic of, or like a style of music marked by an emphasis on formal composition, as in instrumental works in the sonata form, by precise standards of performance appropriate to a symphony orchestra, and by a sense of balance, order, clarity, etc.
- [occas.C-] designating or of the period (c. 1750-c. 1830) characterized by this style
- designating or of art music of the European tradition, including such forms as the symphony, the opera, chamber music, the sonata, etc.: distinguished from folk or popular music or jazz
- The definition of classical is a style of music that places importance on formal composition.
An example of classical is Beethoven.
- Classical is defined as music, literature, art or culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
An example of classical is Homer's Iliad.
- a. Of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially their art, architecture, and literature.b. Conforming to the artistic and literary models of ancient Greece and Rome.c. Versed in the classics: a classical scholar.
- Music a. Of or relating to European music during the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries.b. Of or relating to music in the educated European tradition, such as symphony and opera, as opposed to popular or folk music.
- Of, relating to, or being a variety of a language that is epitomized by a prestigious body of literature.
- a. Standard and traditional: classical methods of navigation.b. Relating to or being a school of thought or field of study that is established and widely accepted before others: classical economics.
- Of or relating to physics that can be described without the use of quantum mechanics or relativity.
- Relating to or consisting of studies in the humanities and general sciences: a classical curriculum.
- clas′si·cal′i·ty clas′si·cal·ness
(comparative more classical, superlative most classical)
- Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
- Of or pertaining to established principles in a discipline.
- (music) Describing European music and musicians of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
- (informal, music) Describing serious music (rather than pop, jazz, blues etc), especially when played using instruments of the orchestra.
- 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.
- Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
- (physics) Pertaining to models of physical laws that do not take quantum or relativistic effects into account; Newtonian or Maxwellian.
From classic, from Latin classicus (of the first class).
- Do you like classical music?
- In general, the remains of the classical epoch attest the influence of Roman rather than of Greek civilization.
- Richard Strauss, in his edition of Berlioz's works on Instrumentation, paradoxically characterizes the classical orchestral style as that which was derived from chamber-music. Now it, is true that in Haydn's early days orchestras were small and generally private; and that the styles of orchestral and chamber music were not distinct; but surely nothing is clearer than that the whole history of the rise of classical chamber-music lies in its rapid differentiation from the coarse-grained orchestral style with which it began.
- Cook in Classical Review, xvi.
- Cook in Classical Review, xvii.