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classic

adjective clas·sic \ ˈkla-sik \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of classic

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

Examples of classic in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of classic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of classic

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


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classic

noun

Definition of classic

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

  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.

Recent Examples of classic from the Web

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First Known Use of classic

1684



CLASSIC Defined for English Language Learners

classic

adjective

Definition of classic for English Language Learners

  • —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


classic

noun

Definition of classic for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CLASSIC Defined for Kids

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classic

adjective clas·sic \ ˈkla-sik \

Definition of classic for Students

1 : serving as a model of the best of its kind
  • It's a classic story for children.
2 : fashionable year after year
  • a classic style
3 : of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture
  • classic sculptures
4 : being typical of its kind
  • a classic mistake

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classic

noun

Definition of classic for Students

1 : a written work or author of ancient Greece or Rome
2 : a great work of art
  • a classic of literature
3 : something long regarded as outstanding of its kind
  • a classic car

Medical Dictionary

classic

adjective clas·sic \ ˈklas-ik \
variants: or classical play \-i-kəl\

medical Definition of classic

: 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


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