Definition of classic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklæsɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklæsɪk//
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  1. 1  [countable] a book, film/movie or song which is well known and considered to be of very high quality, setting standards for other books, etc. English classics such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ The novel may become a modern classic. See related entries: Types of film
  2. 2  [countable] a thing that is an excellent example of its kind That match was a classic.
  3. 3 Classics [uncountable] the study of ancient Greek and Roman culture, especially their languages and literature a degree in Classics See related entries: Subjects and courses
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French classique or Latin classicus ‘belonging to a class or division’, later ‘of the highest class’, from classis ‘a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils’.Extra examples Charles Dickens’s timeless classic, ‘Oliver Twist’ The song became an instant classic and shot to number one. one of the great classics of English literature The second goal was an absolute classic.
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