clas·​si·​co ˈkla-si-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce classico (audio)
: produced in a delimited area of Italy known for its standards of quality
Chianti classico

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The classico sparkling is less sugary and has a dryer finish than the gin and tonic. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2022 Renato Ratti produced his first Barolo in 1965; this was his Barolo classico today known as Marcensaco. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 25 July 2022 While some excellent red and whites wines are produced in this territory near Lake Iseo in Lombardy (about a two-hour drive from Milan), this area has been known for sixty years for its metodo classico sparkling wines. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Dine-in entrees include surf and turf, shrimp or scallop casserole, seafood classico, veal parmigiana, New York strip, stuffed eggplant, chicken marsala or cioppino. Susan Dunne,, 23 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Italian, from Latin classicus

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of classico was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“Classico.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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