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 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|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think posterity will enshrine this body of work among the classics of 21st century jazz.
Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most prized European classics are,” is decorated with delicate gold squiggles and a star.
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|Brandon Presser|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most of the show, however, was dedicated to joyfully reliving the classics.Monty Python Forgot Their Lines on Opening Night, but Who Cares?|Nico Hines|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The idea that the dead often passed into trees is well illustrated in the classics.Byways of Ghost-Land|Elliott O'Donnell
He wrote his father that he disliked mathematics, and that he intended to concentrate his time and attention upon the classics.The Grand Old Man|Richard B. Cook
This question has been well considered by Mr. Legge in his valuable translation of the Chinese Classics.Mythical Monsters|Charles Gould
Mr. Lanier's books present to boy readers the old English classics of history and legend in an attractive form.Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy|Frank Richard Stockton
The average schoolboy is prevented from enjoying the classics by being bored with them when he is too young to understand them.Our Stage and Its Critics|"E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
- 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
"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.
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.