- the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome.
- adherence to such principles.
- the style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with ).Compare .
- a Greek or Latin idiom or form, especially one used in some other language.
- scholarship or learning.
- a style based on the study of Greek and Roman models, characterized by emotional restraint and regularity of form, associated esp with the 18th century in Europe; the antithesis of romanticismCompare
- knowledge or study of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome
- a Greek or Latin form or expression
- an expression in a modern language, such as English, that is modelled on a Greek or Latin form
“classical style in art or literature,” 1830, from Classicist.+ . Related:
An approach tothat favors restraint, rationality, and the use of strict forms in literature, painting, architecture, and other arts. It flourished in ancient and , and throughout in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Classicists often derived their models from the ancient Greeks and Romans.