American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Belonging to the highest rank or class.
- adj. Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of colonial architecture.
- adj. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.
- adj. Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles: a classic piece of research.
- adj. Of a well-known type; typical: a classic mistake.
- adj. Of or characteristic of the literature, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; classical.
- adj. Formal, refined, and restrained in style.
- adj. Simple and harmonious; elegant: the classic cut of a suit; the classic lines of a clipper ship.
- adj. Having historical or literary associations: classic battlefields of the Civil War.
- n. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance.
- n. A work recognized as definitive in its field.
- n. A literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.
- n. The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Used with the.
- n. One that is of the highest rank or class: The car was a classic of automotive design.
- n. A typical or traditional example.
- n. Informal A superior or unusual example of its kind: The reason he gave for being late was a classic.
- n. A traditional event, especially a major sporting event that is held annually: a golf classic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to or associated with the first or highest class, especially in literature; accepted as of the highest rank; serving as a standard, model, or guide.
- Pertaining to or having the characteristics of ancient Greece or Rome, especially of their literature and art; specifically, relating to places associated with the ancient Greek and Latin writers.
- Hence Relating to localities associated with great modern authors, or with great historical events: as, classic Stratford; classic Hastings.
- In accordance with the canons of Greek and Roman art: as, a classic profile.
- Same as classical, 5.
- n. An author of the first rank; a writer whose style is pure and correct, and whose works serve as a standard or model; primarily and specifically, a Greek or Roman author of this character, but also a writer of like character in any nation.
- n. A literary production of the first class or rank; specifically, in the plural, the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.
- n. One versed in the classics.
- adj. exemplary of a particular style
- adj. exhibiting timeless quality
- adj. euphemistic traditional; original
- n. A perfect and/or early example of a particular style.
- n. An artistic work of lasting worth
- n. The author of such a work.
- n. A major, long-standing sporting event
- n. dated One learned in the literature of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome; a student of classical literature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
- adj. Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined.
- n. A work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; -- originally used of Greek and Latin works or authors, but now applied to authors and works of a like character in any language.
- n. One learned in the literature of Greece and Rome, or a student of classical literature.
- adj. of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture
- adj. of recognized authority or excellence
- adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures
- n. an artist who has created classic works
- n. a creation of the highest excellence
- From French classique, from Latin classicus ("relating to the classes of Roman citizenry, especially the highest"), from classis (Wiktionary)
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