1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A classic example of a thing or situation has all the features which you expect such a thing or situation to have.

The debate in the mainstream press has been a classic example of British hypocrisy...

His first two goals were classic cases of being in the right place at the right time.

N-COUNT: oft N of n
Classic is also a noun.

It was a classic of interrogation: first the bully, then the kind one who offers sympathy.

2) ADJ: ADJ n A classic film, piece of writing, or piece of music is of very high quality and has become a standard against which similar things are judged.

...the classic children's film Huckleberry Finn.

...a classic study of the American penal system.

N-COUNT: usu with supp
Classic is also a noun.

The record won a gold award and remains one of the classics of modern popular music. ...a film classic.

3) N-COUNT A classic is a book which is well-known and considered to be of a high literary standard. You can refer to such books generally as the classics.

As I grow older, I like to reread the classics regularly.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Classic style is simple and traditional and is not affected by changes in fashion.

Wear classic clothes which feel good and look good...

These are classic designs which will fit in well anywhere.

5) ADJ: ADJ n A classic car is a model of car that is greatly admired because of its style, and is considered to be one of the best of its kind; used especially to talk about cars which are no longer being produced.
6) N-UNCOUNT Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, especially their languages, literature, and philosophy.

...a Classics degree.

English dictionary. 2008.


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