adjective Also classical (for defs 1–5, 8, 10).
- class-c amplifier,
- classic blues,
- classic car,
- classical antiquity,
- classical armenian
Origin of classic
Examples from the Web for classic
In the classic skillset of piloting, mental acuity, and its coordination with hand and foot movements, is equally vital.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Monir is not interested in classic dances like tango or ballet.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And you though you knew everything about the Christmas classic.
A glossary of what all those strange phrases in classic Christmas songs really mean.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Forget everything you assumed about the lives of classic musicians.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Classic paganism and Christianity differed on many points, but they were completely at one on this.Little Essays of Love and Virtue|Havelock Ellis
The influence of the French classic school, felt in all European literatures, became paramount in Portugal.
His classic poem on "Smoke" suggests Simonides, but is better than any poem of Simonides.
It was absolutely a Fête Champêtre, but more brilliant and classic than Watteau ever can have seen.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah|William G. Burn Murdoch
Vine-leaves and tendrils hung through the reed roofing overhead, and grape-clusters cast their classic shadow at our feet.In Morocco|Edith Wharton
- 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 for classic
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.
A descriptive term for a period in Western music, encompassing roughly the last half of the eighteenth century, that includes the works of Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the early works of Ludwig van Beethoven, among other composers.