AskDefine | Define classical

Dictionary Definition

classical adj
1 of or characteristic of a form or system felt to be of first significance before modern times [ant: nonclassical]
2 of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation" [syn: authoritative, definitive]

User Contributed Dictionary



From classic < Latin classicus (of the first class).


  1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
  2. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. 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.
  3. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.


literature etc
Greek and Roman
art etc

Extensive Definition

The word classical has several meanings:


  • Classical antiquity and the study of "the classics", refers to the culture of Ancient Greece or Rome
    • "High classical" refers to Greek art associated mainly with Athens and the works atop the Acropolis
  • "Classical Chinese" or "classical Indian" culture refers to a perceived apex in the development of a society or of its arts and sciences
  • "Classical French" culture refers specifically to the 18th century, rather than Ancient Greece or Rome. This causes confusions in translation.
  • Classicism can be understood as defining and long-lasting civilizational patterns shaped by belief systems.
  • Classical language

The arts

Pertaining to the arts (painting, music, literature, etc.), the word classical often refers to a specific time period or artistic style:


The word 'classical' is applied to any mode of scientific thought prevalent up to the time of some radical new innovation, or any scientific area of study that has well established roots, typically pre-nineteenth century. bivalent logics where every proposition is either true or false. Many non-classical logics exist, the most notable of which is intuitionistic logic

See also

classical in Catalan: Clàssic (desambiguació)
classical in Welsh: Clasur
classical in Danish: Klassisk
classical in German: Klassik
classical in Spanish: Clásico
classical in Korean: 고전 (동음이의)
classical in Icelandic: Klassík
classical in Japanese: 古典

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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