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classic

adjective uk   /ˈklæs.ɪk/ us  

classic adjective (HIGH QUALITY)

B2 having a high quality or standard against which other things are judged: Have you ever read Fielding's classic novel "Tom Jones"? Another classic goal there from Corley!

classic adjective (EXTREMELY FUNNY/BAD)

informal extremely or unusually funny, bad, or annoying: Then she fell over backwards into the flowerbed - it was absolutely classic! That was classic! That van-driver signalled right, and then turned left.

classic adjective (TYPICAL)

having all the characteristics or qualities that you expect: He's a classic example of a kid who's clever but lazy. He had all the classic symptoms of the disease. informal disapproving bad or unpleasant, but not very surprising or unexpected: It's classic - you arrive at the station on time and find that the train's left early.

classic adjective (TRADITIONAL)

having a simple, traditional style that is always fashionable: She wore a classic navy suit.

classic

noun uk   /ˈklæs.ɪk/ us  
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