[ klas-ik ]
/ ˈklæs ɪk /

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


Nearby words

  1. class-c amplifier,
  2. class-conscious,
  3. class.,
  4. classbook,
  5. classes,
  6. classic blues,
  7. classic car,
  8. classical,
  9. classical antiquity,
  10. classical armenian

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

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British Dictionary definitions for classics


/ (ˈklæsɪks) /

pl n

the classics a body of literature regarded as great or lasting, esp that of ancient Greece or Rome
the classics the ancient Greek and Latin languages
(functioning as singular) ancient Greek and Roman culture considered as a subject for academic study


/ (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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Word Origin and History for classics
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Culture definitions for classics


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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