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"classic" in American English

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classicadjective

 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 ​bluesuit and a ​strawhat.
  • classic adjective (TYPICAL)

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

classicnoun [C]

 us   /ˈklæs·ɪk/
  • classic noun [C] (STANDARD)

a well-known ​piece of writing, ​musicalrecording, or ​film which is of high ​quality and ​lastingvalue: Chaplin’s ​films are ​regarded as American classics.
(Definition of classic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"classic" in British English

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classicadjective

uk   us   /ˈklæs.ɪk/
  • 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 unusuallyfunny, ​bad, or ​annoying: Then she ​fell over ​backwards into the flowerbed - it was ​absolutely classic! That was classic! That van-driver ​signalledright, and then ​turnedleft.
  • 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, ​traditionalstyle that is always ​fashionable: She ​wore a classic ​navysuit.

classicnoun

uk   us   /ˈklæs.ɪk/
  • classic noun (HIGH QUALITY)

B2 [C] a ​piece of writing, a ​musicalrecording, or a ​film that is well ​known and of a high ​standard and ​lastingvalue: Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is a classic ofEnglishliterature. Many of the Rolling Stones' ​records have ​becomerock classics.the classics [plural] the most ​famousworks of ​literature: I ​spent my ​childhood reading the classics.

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  • classic noun (STUDY)

classics [U] the ​study of ​ancientGreek and ​Romanculture, ​especiallytheirlanguages and ​literature: She studied/​read classics at Cambridge. a classics ​scholar.
(Definition of classic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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