• IPA: /ˈklæ.sɪk/


  1. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
    • Give, as thy last memorial to the age, / One classic drama, and reform the stage.
  2. Exemplary of a particular style; defining a class/category.
  3. Exhibiting timeless quality.
  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.
    • Though throned midst Latium's classic plains.
  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.
  3. The author of such a work.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      Raised him to the rank of a legitimate English classic.
  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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