\ ˈkla-sē How to pronounce classy (audio) \
classier; classiest

Definition of classy

: having or showing class: such as
a : elegant, stylish a classy clientele a classy hotel
b : having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior a classy guy a classy gesture
c : admirably skillful and graceful a classy outfielder

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Other Words from classy

classiness noun

Examples of classy in a Sentence

the classiest nightclub in Madrid The spa boasts some very classy clients. Donating her salary bonus to charity was a really classy thing to do.
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Recent Examples on the Web The team that ran like a classy, unstoppable machine through one championship season, and over 16 more wins en route to their second straight title game, imploded on itself. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Chiefs lose composure and see red amid a sea of yellow," 7 Feb. 2021 The team that ran like a classy, unstoppable machine through one championship season, and over 16 more wins en route to a second straight title game, imploded. Eddie Pells, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chiefs lose composure and see red amid a sea of yellow," 7 Feb. 2021 The movie has never been considered classy cinema, but thanks to the interoperability of stay-at-home orders, streaming, and the Keanaissance, nerd-dom revived it in 2020, and not a moment too soon. Jason Kehe, Wired, "2021 and the Conspiracies of Johnny Mnemonic," 11 Jan. 2021 The Chronicle wanted a classy housing development in that area. Peter Hartlaub,, "In defense of Pier 39. May it rise after the pandemic kitschier than ever," 12 Jan. 2021 Hermès is classy but more standard-issue banker (it’s no accident that the French luxury brand has shops in both the City of London and near Wall Street in New York). Rory Satran, WSJ, "What to Wear to Get Ahead in Finance—According to HBO’s ‘Industry’," 19 Dec. 2020 His world is a liminal space, the Governor’s Mansion an especially classy van on the way between gigs. Jeb Lund, The New Republic, "Ron DeSantis Is TNR’s 2020 Scoundrel of the Year," 29 Dec. 2020 This design is intended not to be too flashy, but still have a stylish, classy look to it. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "15 bestselling bands to buy for your Apple Watch," 26 Dec. 2020 If a cookie jar that’s easy to reach into — and fill — is important to you, this classy, cozy cabin from Lenox is a no-brainer. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Christmas cookie recipes that are simply irresistible," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of classy

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for classy

see class entry 1

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16 Feb 2021

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“Classy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of classy

: having qualities that make someone or something special and attractive
: showing impressive character : very good, kind, etc.

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