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classic

noun (HIGH QUALITY)    /ˈklæs.ɪk/
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.Types of film, play, book etc. the classics [plural] the most famous works of literature : I spent my childhood reading the classics.Literature in general Grammar:Classic or classical?Grammar:Classic: adjectiveClassic means ‘high quality’. In particular, we use it to mean something that is valued because it has a traditional style:Grammar:Classic: nounWe can use a classic and the classics to refer to the greatest and most famous works of literature from the past:Grammar:Classical: adjectiveWe use classical to refer to the culture of the past and to art forms which belong to a long formal tradition:
(Definition of classic noun (HIGH QUALITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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