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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klas-ik]
    • /ˈklæs ɪk/
    • /ˈklæsɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klas-ik]
    • /ˈklæs ɪk/

Definitions of classic word

  • adjective classic A classic example of a thing or situation has all the features which you expect such a thing or situation to have. 3
  • adjective classic Classic is also a noun. 3
  • adjective classic A classic film, piece of writing, or piece of music is of very high quality and has become a standard against which similar things are judged. 3
  • countable noun classic A classic is a book which is well-known and considered to be of a high literary standard. You can refer to such books generally as the classics. 3
  • adjective classic Classic style is simple and traditional and is not affected by changes in fashion. 3
  • adjective classic A classic car is a model of car that is greatly admired because of its style, and is considered to be one of the best of its kind; used especially to talk about cars which are no longer being produced. 3

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Origin of classic

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; (< French classique) < Latin classicus belonging to a class, belonging to the first or highest class, equivalent to class(is) class + -icus -ic

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Classic


classic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

classic usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for classic

noun classic

  • prototype — the original or model on which something is based or formed.
  • paradigm — Grammar. a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, especially the set of all inflected forms based on a single stem or theme. a display in fixed arrangement of such a set, as boy, boy's, boys, boys'.
  • standard — something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.
  • magnum opus — a great work, especially the chief work of a writer or artist: Proust's magnum opus is Remembrance of Things Past.
  • tour de force — an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius: Herman Melville's Moby Dick was a tour de force.

adjective classic

  • timeless — without beginning or end; eternal; everlasting.
  • immortal — not mortal; not liable or subject to death; undying: our immortal souls.
  • unforgettable — impossible to forget; indelibly impressed on the memory: scenes of unforgettable beauty.
  • memorable — worth remembering; notable: a memorable speech.
  • abiding — An abiding feeling, memory, or interest is one that you have for a very long time.

Antonyms for classic

adj classic

  • atypical — Someone or something that is atypical is not typical of its kind.
  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.
  • abnormal — Someone or something that is abnormal is unusual, especially in a way that is worrying.
  • different — not alike in character or quality; distinct in nature; dissimilar: The two brothers are very different, although they are identical twins.
  • irregular — without symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.

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