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clas•si•cal(ˈklæs ɪ kəl)
A classic example of something has all the features or characteristics that you expect something of its kind to have.
Classic is also used to describe films or books that are judged to be of very high quality.
A classic is a book that is well-known and thought to be of a high literary standard.
Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, especially their languages, literature, and philosophy.
Classical music is music written by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. Music of this kind is often complex in form, and is considered by many people to have lasting value.
Classical is also used to refer to things connected with ancient Greek or Roman civilization.
|Noun||1.||classical - traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste|
chamber music - serious music performed by a small group of musicians
opera - a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
concerto - a composition for orchestra and a soloist
fugue - a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
sonata - a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
|Adj.||1.||classical - of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture; "classic Cinese pottery"|
nonclassical - not classical
|2.||classical - of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"|
standard - established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence; "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"
|3.||classical - of or relating to the study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome; " a classical scholar"|
|4.||classical - (language) having the form used by ancient standard authors; "classical Greek|
|5.||classical - of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures; "classical mythology"; "classical|
"The great tragedy of the classical languages is to have been born twins" [Geoffrey Madan]
"That's the classical mind at work, runs fine inside but looks dingy on the surface" [Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]