classic

1 of 2

adjective

clas·​sic ˈkla-sik How to pronounce classic (audio)
1
a
: serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value
classic literary works
a classic case study on hysteria
b
: traditional, enduring
classic designs
c
: characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year
a classic suit
2
: of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture : classical
3
a
: historically memorable
a classic battle
b
: noted because of special literary or historical associations
Paris is the classic refuge of expatriates
4
a
: authentic, authoritative
a classic study of eyewitness accounts
b
: typical
a classic example of chicanery
a classic error
5
capitalized : of or relating to the period of highest development of Mesoamerican and especially Mayan culture about a.d. 300–900

classic

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noun

1
: a literary work of ancient Greece or Rome
studied the classics in college
2
a
: a work of enduring excellence
His manual of biology has become a classic among scientists.
also : its author
He had already become a classic many years before his death.
b
: an authoritative source
3
: a typical or perfect example
His march through the wilderness of Maine has been regarded as a classic of perseverance.
4
: a traditional event
a football classic

Examples of classic in a Sentence

Adjective She prefers classic furniture designs. It's a classic suit that won't go out of style. I like the car's classic contours. The battle was a classic example of poor planning. Noun That car is a classic. I like to read the classics. He teaches classics at the local university. She studied classics in college. an interest in the classics The football game is a Thanksgiving classic.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
All dimensions of metal were being displayed, from classic metal like Priest and Sabbath to nu metal, death metal, black metal… every kind of metal experience was shown from those stages. Richard Bienstock, Billboard, 17 July 2024 The classic silhouette is sweeping over Hollywood, with numerous famous fans, including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, and Gwyneth Paltrow, all wearing variations of the style — and for good reason. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024
Noun
As the title suggests, series will be set on Earth and take place near the end of the 21st century, before the event’s of Ridley Scott’s 1979 space-horror classic (Scott is an executive producer of the series via his Scott Free company). Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 July 2024 But the reality is that these seasonal classics are enjoyed during the staggering heat of the summer months, so the only solution for shouldering the rising temperatures is to dress the part, with lightweight, airy essentials. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for classic 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

French or Latin; French classique, from Latin classicus of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank, from classis — see class entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of classic was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Classic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classic. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

classic

1 of 2 adjective
clas·​sic ˈklas-ik How to pronounce classic (audio)
1
a
: serving as a standard of excellence
a classic literature
b
: fashionable year after year : traditional, enduring
a classic design
2
: of or relating to the ancient Greeks or Romans or their culture
3
a
: notable as the best of its kind
a classic film
b
: notable as the most basic or typical of its kind
a classic example

classic

2 of 2 noun
1
: a literary work of ancient Greece or Rome
2
: a great work of art
also : its author
3
: something regarded as perfect of its kind
4
: an event that has become a tradition
a football classic

Medical Definition

classic

adjective
clas·​sic ˈklas-ik How to pronounce classic (audio)
variants or classical
: standard or recognized especially because of great frequency or consistency of occurrence
the classic triad of urethritis, conjunctivitis, and arthritis signaling Reiter's syndromeEmergency Medicine

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