See also: clàssic


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From French classique, from Latin classicus (relating to the classes of Roman citizenry, especially the highest), from classis; surface analysis, class +‎ -ic = class + -ical


  • IPA(key): /ˈklæ.sɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -æsɪk


classic (comparative more classic, superlative most classic)

  1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
  2. Exemplary of a particular style; defining a class/category.
  3. Exhibiting timeless quality.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Eye Witness”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931, page 249:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad.
    • 2013 January 1, Paul Bartel, Ashli Moore, “Avian Migration: The Ultimate Red-Eye Flight”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 47–48:
      Many of these classic methods are still used, with some modern improvements. For example, with the aid of special microphones and automated sound detection software, ornithologists recently reported […] that pine siskins (Spinus pinus) undergo an irregular, nomadic type of nocturnal migration.
  4. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
  5. (euphemistic) Traditional; original.
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classic (plural classics)

  1. A perfect and/or early example of a particular style.
  2. An artistic work of lasting worth, such as a film or song.
    • 2001, Jeff Nathanson, Rush Hour 2[1], New Line Cinema:
      JAMES CARTER: The man's destroying a classic!
  3. The author of such a work.
  4. A major, long-standing sporting event
  5. (dated) One learned in the literature of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome; a student of classical literature.


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