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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
9. (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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(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.
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.
3. 'classical'

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.classic - a creation of the highest excellenceclassic - a creation of the highest excellence
creation - an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
2.classic - an artist who has created classic works
artist, creative person - a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
Adj.1.classic - 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"
2.classic - of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture; "classic Cinese pottery"
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
3.classic - of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures; "classical mythology"; "classical
classical, classic - of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture; "classic Cinese pottery"
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1. typical, standard, model, regular, usual, ideal, characteristic, signature, definitive, archetypal, exemplary, quintessential, time-honoured, paradigmatic, dinki-di (Austral. informal) This is a classic example of media hype.
2. masterly, best, finest, master, world-class, consummate, first-rate Aldous Huxley's classic work, The Perennial Philosophy
masterly poor, modern, terrible, inferior, second-rate
3. lasting, enduring, abiding, immortal, undying, ageless, deathless These are classic designs which will fit in well anywhere.
1. standard, masterpiece, prototype, paradigm, exemplar, masterwork, model The album is one of the classics of modern popular music.
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read" [Mark Twain]
"Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race" [Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer]
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2. Characterized by enduring excellence, appeal, and importance:
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آداب الأغريق والرومانالأدب الأغريقي والرومانيالأفْضَلبَسيط، تَقْليدي، رَشيقفَذ، رائِع، راقٍ، أعلى دَرَجَه
klassikerklassiskklassisk filologiklassiske studiertidløs
klasszikus mû
einfaldur, formfastur og hófstillturfyrsta flokks; úrvals-sígilt verk; snilldarverk, meistaraverkúrvals-
klasická filozofiaklasik
birincien üstüngelenekselklasikklâsik
kinh điểntác phẩm kinh điển


1. (= timeless, traditional) → clásico
she was dressed in a classic black suitvestía un clásico traje de chaqueta negro
2. (= wonderful, memorable) → memorable; (= hilarious) → genial
it was classicfue genial
the film "Casablanca" produced some classic linesla película "Casablanca" nos dejó varias frases memorables
the president came out with a classic lineel presidente salió con una frase de las que hacen época
B. N
1. (= book, play) → clásico m
it is a classic of its kindes un clásico en su género
2. classics (Univ) → clásicas fpl
3. (= hilarious remark or event) that was a classic!¡fue genial!
C. CPD classic car Ncoche m antiguo (de coleccionista)
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adj [example, illustration] → classique; [work, style] → classique
a classic example → un cas classique
(= book, film) → classique m
(= author) → classique m
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adj (lit, fig)klassisch; it was classic! (inf)das war geradezu klassisch!; a classic example of somethingein klassisches Beispiel für etw; classic carklassischer Wagen
nKlassiker m
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1. adjclassico/a
2. nclassico
see also classics
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(ˈklӕsikəl) adjective
1. (especially of literature, art etc) of ancient Greece and Rome. classical studies.
2. (of music) having the traditional, established harmony and/or form. He prefers classical music to popular music.
3. (of literature) considered to be of the highest class.
ˈclassic adjective
1. standard or best. the classic example.
2. (of literature, art etc) of the highest quality.
3. (of dress etc) simple, elegant and traditional.
1. an established work of literature of high quality. I have read all the classics.
2. (in plural) the language and literature of Greece and Rome. He is studying classics.
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كَلاسِيكيّ klasika, typický klassiker, klassisk Klassik, klassisch κλασικό, κλασικός clásico klassikko, klassinen classique klasičan, klasik classico 一流の芸術作品, 典型的な 고전, 전형적인 klassiek, klassieker klassiker, klassisk klasyczny, klasyk clássico классика, классический klassiker, klassisk งานประพันธ์หรืองานศิลปะชั้นยอด, ยอดเยี่ยม klasik kinh điển, tác phẩm kinh điển 杰作, 经典的
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