from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A passage from a classic or standard work that is cited as an illustration or instance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An authoritative passage from a standard work that is often quoted as an illustration
- n. A classic case or example.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an authoritative and often-quoted passage
New Latin : Latin locus, place + Latin classicus, belonging to the highest class.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin (Wiktionary)