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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: Fielding's classic novel "Tom Jones" Another classic goal there from Corley!
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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.
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classic adjective (TRADITIONAL)

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

classic

noun uk   /ˈklæs.ɪk/ us  

classic noun (HIGH QUALITY)

B2 [C] a piece of writing, a musical recording, or a film that is well known and of a high standard and lasting value: Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is a classic of English literature. Many of the Rolling Stones' records have become rock classics.the classics [plural] the most famous works of literature: I spent my childhood reading the classics.
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classic noun (STUDY)

classics [U] the study of ancient Greek and Roman culture, especially their languages and literature: She studied/read classics at Cambridge. a classics scholar.

classic noun (TRADITIONAL)

[C] a piece of clothing that is always fashionable: A long wool coat is a classic no one should be without.
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