adjective Also classical (for defs 1–5, 8, 10).
Origin of classic
Examples from the Web for classics
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of classics
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.
- 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.