- of the first or highest quality, class, or rank: a classic piece of work.
- serving as a standard, model, or guide: the classic method of teaching arithmetic.
- of or relating to Greek and Roman antiquity, especially with reference to literature and art.
- modeled upon or imitating the style or thought of ancient Greece and Rome: The 17th and 18th centuries were obsessed with classic ideals.
- of or adhering to an established set of artistic or scientific standards or methods: a classic example of mid-Victorian architecture.
- basic; fundamental: the classic rules of warfare.
- of enduring interest, quality, or style: a classic design; classic clothes.
- of literary or historical renown: the classic haunts of famous writers.
- traditional or typical: a classic comedy routine.
- definitive: the classic reference work on ornithology.
- of or relating to automobiles distinguished by elegant styling, outstanding engineering, and fine workmanship that were built between about 1925 and 1948.
- an author or a literary work of the first rank, especially one of demonstrably enduring quality.
- an author or literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.
- classics, the literature and languages of ancient Greece and Rome (often preceded by the).
- an artist or artistic production considered a standard.
- a work that is honored as definitive in its field: His handbook on mushrooms is a classic.
- something noteworthy of its kind and worth remembering: His reply was a classic.
- an article, as of clothing, unchanging in style: Her suit was a simple classic.
- a typical or traditional event, especially one that is considered to be highly prestigious or the most important of its kind: The World Series is the fall classic of baseball.
- Archaic. a classicist.
Origin of classic
Examples from the Web for classics
A lot of your reflections on the classics are pretty intense, have you ever thought about being a film critic?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
I think posterity will enshrine this body of work among the classics of 21st century jazz.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most prized European classics are,” is decorated with delicate gold squiggles and a star.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
Are our beloved burgers forever evolving beyond the classics toward an endless stack of superlatives?Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food
July 31, 2014
Most of the show, however, was dedicated to joyfully reliving the classics.Monty Python Forgot Their Lines on Opening Night, but Who Cares?
July 2, 2014
They are—better than the average of the past—but not better than the classics.
The classics of general literature have their place in history.
But the classics, Madame, what does M. Calcraft write of the classics?Melomaniacs
Not all teachers of the Classics agree in all respects as to the aims of their teaching.
These questions cannot properly be ignored any longer by teachers of the Classics.
- the classics a body of literature regarded as great or lasting, esp that of ancient Greece or Rome
- the classics the ancient Greek and Latin languages
- (functioning as singular) ancient Greek and Roman culture considered as a subject for academic study
- of the highest class, esp in art or literature
- serving as a standard or model of its kind; definitive
- adhering to an established set of rules or principles in the arts or sciencesa classic proof
- characterized by simplicity, balance, regularity, and purity of form; classical
- of lasting interest or significance
- continuously in fashion because of its simple and basic stylea classic day dress
- an author, artist, or work of art of the highest excellence
- a creation or work considered as definitive
- horse racing
- 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
- a race equivalent to any of these in other countries
Word Origin and History for classics
"Greek and Roman writers and works," 1711, from classic (adj.).
1610s, "of the highest class; approved as a model," from French classique (17c.), from Latin classicus "relating to the (highest) classes of the Roman people," hence, "superior," from classis (see class). Originally in English, "of the first class;" meaning "belonging to standard authors of Greek and Roman antiquity" is attested from 1620s.
"a Greek or Roman writer or work," 1711, from classic (adj.). So, by mid-19c., any work in any context held to have a similar quality or relationship. In classical Latin noun use of classicus meant "a Marine" (miles classicus) from the "military division" sense of classis.