Pronunciation: 'kla-sik. Function: adjective. Etymology: French or Latin; French classique, from Latin classicus of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank.
Date: circa 1604
1a: standard of excellence, of recognized value;
1b: TRADITIONAL, ENDURING;
1c: characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year [a classic suit];
2: of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture, CLASSICAL;
3a: historically memorable;
3b: noted because of special literary or historical associations [Paris is the classic refuge of expatriates];
4a: AUTHENTIC, AUTHORITATIVE;
4b: TYPICAL [a classic example of chicanery]
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