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adjective clas·sic \ˈkla-sik\

Simple Definition of classic

  • —used to say that something has come to be considered one of the best of its kind

  • —used to say that something is an example of excellence

  • —used to describe something that has been popular for a long time

Full Definition of classic

  1. 1 a :  serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works> b :  traditional, enduring <classic designs> c :  characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year <a classic suit>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture :  classical

  3. 3 a :  historically memorable <a classic battle> b :  noted because of special literary or historical associations <Paris is the classic refuge of expatriates>

  4. 4 a :  authentic, authoritative b :  typical <a classic example of chicanery> <a classic error>

  5. 5 capitalized :  of or relating to the period of highest development of Mesoamerican and especially Mayan culture about a.d. 300–900

Examples of classic

  1. She prefers classic furniture designs.

  2. It's a classic suit that won't go out of style.

  3. I like the car's classic contours.

  4. The battle was a classic example of poor planning.

Origin of classic

French or Latin; French classique, from Latin classicus of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank, from classis

First Known Use: circa 1604



noun clas·sic

Simple Definition of classic

  • : something that has been considered to be excellent for a long time

  • classics : the study of the literature, language, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome

  • : a traditional event

Full Definition of classic

  1. 1 :  a literary work of ancient Greece or Rome

  2. 2 a :  a work of enduring excellence; also :  its author b :  an authoritative source

  3. 3 :  a typical or perfect example

  4. 4 :  a traditional event <a football classic>

Examples of classic

  1. That car is a classic.

  2. I like to read the classics.

  3. He teaches classics at the local university.

  4. She studied classics in college.

  5. an interest in the classics

  6. The football game is a Thanksgiving classic.


First Known Use of classic


Medical Dictionary


adjective clas·sic \ˈklas-ik\

Medical Definition of classic

  1. :  standard or recognized especially because of great frequency or consistency of occurrence <the classic triad of urethritis, conjunctivitis, and arthritis signaling Reiter's syndrome—Emergency Medicine>

Variants of classic

or clas·si·cal \-i-kəl\play

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