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
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How to use classics in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even Sony Pictures classics, who distributed the Before trilogy?Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange | Marlow Stern | December 27, 2014 | THE 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.
From Psycho to Frankenstein, watch scenes from the director's 10 favorite creepy classics.
He edited nearly forty works, some of them classics, but principally relative to ancient English history and antiquities.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
We talk about the classics, the sources of my knowledge, Russian schools, social conditions.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He won prizes for classics and for verse-writing, and the vacations he spent as a tutor in the western Highlands.
Most of the books are either editions of the classics or theological works, but there are a few on medical and botanical subjects.A History of the Cambridge University Press | S. C. Roberts
Now let the great English classics hide their diminished heads and pale their ineffectual fires!The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce