[ klas-ik ]
/ ˈklæs ɪk /

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


Origin of classic

1605–15; (< French classique) < Latin classicus belonging to a class, belonging to the first or highest class, equivalent to class(is) class + -icus -ic

Related forms

non·clas·sic, adjectivepre·clas·sic, adjectivequa·si-clas·sic, adjective

Can be confused

classic classical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for classic


/ (ˈklæsɪk) /



See also classics

Word Origin for classic

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