classic

[ klas-ik ]
/ ˈklæs ɪk /

adjective Also classical (for defs. 1-5, 8, 10).

noun

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Origin of classic

First recorded in 1605–15; (from French classique ), from Latin classicus “belonging to a class, belonging to the first or highest class,” equivalent to class(is) “class” + -icus adjective suffix; see class, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM classic

non·clas·sic, adjectivepre·clas·sic, adjectivequasi-classic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH classic

classic , classical
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British Dictionary definitions for classic

classic
/ (ˈklæsɪk) /

adjective

noun

See also classics

Word Origin for classic

C17: from Latin classicus of the first rank, from classis division, rank, class
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Cultural definitions for classic

classic

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.

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