A classic is an outstanding example of a particular style; something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank – something that exemplifies its class. The word can be an adjective (a classic car) or a noun (a classic of English literature). It denotes a particular quality in art, architecture, literature, design, technology, or other cultural artifacts. In commerce, products are named ‘classic’ to denote a long-standing popular version or model, to distinguish it from a newer variety. Classic is used to describe many major, long-standing sporting events. Colloquially, an everyday occurrence (e.g. a joke or mishap) may be described in some dialects of English as ‘an absolute classic’.
“Classic” should not be confused with classical, which refers specifically to certain cultural styles, especially in music and architecture: styles generally taking inspiration from the Classical tradition, hence classicism.
Of, or in accordance with the latest trend, fashion or hype.
“I hate those trendy pre-wrinkled shirts.”
A trendy person.
Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
Exemplary of a particular style; defining a class/category.
Exhibiting timeless quality.
Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
“Users who dislike the new visual layout can return to classic mode.”
A perfect and/or early example of a particular style.
An artistic work of lasting worth, such as a film or song.
The author of such a work.
A major, long-standing sporting event
One learned in the literature of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome; a student of classical literature.
very fashionable or up to date
“I enjoyed being able to go out and buy trendy clothes”
a person who is very fashionable or up to date
“Taiwan’s well-heeled young trendies”