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classic

adjective  us   /ˈklæs·ɪk/

classic adjective (STANDARD)

being of a high standard against which others of the same type are judged: classic literature John Steinbeck's classic American novel, “The Grapes of Wrath”

classic adjective (TRADITIONAL)

traditional in design or style: She wore a classic blue suit and a straw hat.

classic adjective (TYPICAL)

having all the characteristics or qualities that are typical of something: The building is a classic example of poor design.

classic

noun [C]  us   /ˈklæs·ɪk/

classic noun [C] (STANDARD)

a well-known piece of writing, musical recording, or film which is of high quality and lasting value: Chaplin’s films are regarded as American classics.
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