Definition of “classic” - English Dictionary

“classic” in British English

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uk /ˈklæs.ɪk/ 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 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.


uk /ˈklæs.ɪk/ us /ˈklæs.ɪk/

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.

(Definition of “classic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“classic” in American English

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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.

classicnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “classic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)