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classic

The noun classic means something that's very high quality, particularly if it has lasting value. The pristine Model T Ford that you keep in your garage is a classic, but the beat up old Honda you drive everyday is not.

Use the adjective classic to describe something that relates to ancient Greece or Rome. You can enjoy the classic Greek pillars on the outside of your house but still appreciate the modern plumbing on the inside of it. Classic also means excellent, of recognized authority, or definitive. Classic literature, for example, includes authors like Mark Twain and Jane Austin.

Definitions of classic
  1. adjective
    of recognized authority or excellence
    synonyms: authoritative, classical, definitive
    standard
    established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
  2. noun
    a creation of the highest excellence
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    type of:
    creation
    an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
  3. noun
    an artist who has created classic works
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    type of:
    artist, creative person
    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
  4. adjective
    of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture
    synonyms: classical
    Graeco-Roman, Greco-Roman, Hellenic, classical
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures
    neoclassic, neoclassical
    characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style
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    Antonyms:
    nonclassical
    not classical
    modern
    characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture
    pop, popular
    (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
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  5. adjective
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures
    synonyms: Graeco-Roman, Greco-Roman, Hellenic, classical
    classical
    of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture
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