a. Belonging to the highest rank or class.
b. Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of colonial architecture.
c. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.
a. Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles: a classic piece of research.
b. Of a well-known type; typical: a classic mistake.
3. Of or characteristic of the literature, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; classical.
a. Formal, refined, and restrained in style.
b. Simple and harmonious; elegant: the classic cut of a suit; the classic lines of a clipper ship.
5. Having historical or literary associations: classic battlefields of the Civil War.
1. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance.
2. A work recognized as definitive in its field.
a. A literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.
b. classics The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Used with the.
c. One that is of the highest rank or class: The car was a classic of automotive design.
4. A typical or traditional example.
5. Informal A superior or unusual example of its kind: The reason he gave for being late was a classic.
6. A traditional event, especially a major sporting event that is held annually: a golf classic.
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1. of the highest class, esp in art or literature
2. serving as a standard or model of its kind; definitive
3. adhering to an established set of rules or principles in the arts or sciences: a classic proof.
4. characterized by simplicity, balance, regularity, and purity of form; classical
5. of lasting interest or significance
6. continuously in fashion because of its simple and basic style: a classic day dress.
7. an author, artist, or work of art of the highest excellence
8. a creation or work considered as definitive
(Horse Racing) horse racing
a. any of the five principal races for three-year-old horses in Britain, namely the One Thousand Guineas, Two Thousand Guineas, Derby, Oaks, and Saint Leger
b. a race equivalent to any of these in other countries
[C17: from Latin classicus of the first rank, from classis division, rank, class]
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clas•sic (ˈklæs ɪk)
1. of the first or highest quality, class, or rank: a classic piece of work.
2. serving as a standard, model, or guide: a classic method of teaching.
4. of or adhering to an established set of artistic or scientific standards or methods: a classic example of cubism.
5. basic; fundamental: the classic rules of conduct.
6. of enduring interest, quality, or style: a classic design.
7. of literary or historical renown: the classic haunts of famous writers.
8. traditional or typical: a classic comedy routine.
9. definitive: a classic text on biology.
10. of or pertaining to automobiles distinguished by excellent styling, engineering, and workmanship, esp. those built 1925–1948. n.
11. an author or a literary work of the first rank, esp. one of demonstrably enduring quality.
12. an author or literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.
13. classics, the literature and languages of ancient Greece and Rome (often prec. by the).
14. an artist or artistic production considered a standard.
15. a work honored as definitive in its field.
16. something noteworthy of its kind and worth remembering: Your reply was a classic.
17. an article, as of clothing, unchanging in style.
18. a typical or traditional event, esp. one that is considered to be highly prestigious or the most important of its kind.
19. Archaic. a classicist.
[1605–15; (< French classique) < Latin classicus belonging to a class, especially the first class]
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1. 'classic' used as an adjective
A classic example of something has all the features or characteristics that you expect something of its kind to have.
This statement was a classic illustration of British politeness.
It is a classic example of the principle of "less is more".
Classic is also used to describe films or books that are judged to be of very high quality.
This is one of the classic works of Hollywood cinema.
We discussed Brenan's classic analysis of Spanish history.
2. 'classic' used as a noun
A classic is a book that is well-known and thought to be of a high literary standard.
We had all the standard classics at home.
Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, especially their languages, literature, and philosophy.
She got a first class degree in Classics.
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.
I spend a lot of time reading and listening to classical music.
He is an accomplished classical pianist.
Classical is also used to refer to things connected with ancient Greek or Roman civilization.
We studied classical mythology.
Truffles have been eaten since classical times.
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