I. adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French classique, from Latin classicus of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank, from classis Date: circa 1604 1. a. serving as a standard of excellence ; of recognized value <
classic literary works
b. traditional, enduring <
classic designs
c. characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year <
a classic suit
2. of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture ; classical 3. a. historically memorable <
a classic battle
b. noted because of special literary or historical associations <
Paris is the classic refuge of expatriates
4. a. authentic, authoritative b. typical <
a classic example of chicanery
a classic error
5. capitalized of or relating to the period of highest development of Mesoamerican and especially Mayan culture about A.D. 300-900 II. noun Date: 1711 1. a literary work of ancient Greece or Rome 2. a. a work of enduring excellence; also its author b. an authoritative source 3. a typical or perfect example 4. a traditional event <
a football classic

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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