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Definition of "classic" []

  • Belonging to the highest rank or class. (adjective)
  • Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of colonial architecture. (adjective)
  • Having lasting significance or worth; enduring. (adjective)
  • Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles: a classic piece of research. (adjective)
  • Of a well-known type; typical: a classic mistake. (adjective)
  • Of the highest class, esp in art or literature (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Serving as a standard or model of its kind; definitive (adjective)
  • Adhering to an established set of rules or principles in the arts or sciences (adjective)
  • Characterized by simplicity, balance, regularity, and purity of form; classical (adjective)
  • Of lasting interest or significance (adjective)
  • Continuously in fashion because of its simple and basic style (adjective)
  • An author, artist, or work of art of the highest excellence (noun)
  • A creation or work considered as definitive (noun)
  • Any of the five principal races for three-year-old horses in Britain, namely the One Thousand Guineas, Two Thousand Guineas, Derby, Oaks, and Saint Leger (noun)
  • A race equivalent to any of these in other countries (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "classic" in a sentence
  • "OliverStrand ok…The Eraser by Thom Yorke with a bit of classic Radiohead thrown in may be a bit different for the semis though young_barista Not sure how I feel about the phrase "classic Radiohead." young_barista What was your signature drink?"
  • "League action, with Arsene Wenger insisting Arsenal are right back in the title classic English club triumphs over Italian opposition ..."
  • "My blog, my rules, so here goes: a classic is a book that has had an impact on the genre, influencing the work that came after it."