From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclassicclas‧sic1 /ˈklæsɪk/ ●●○ W3 AWL adjective [usually before noun] 1 TYPICALtypical having all the features that are typical or expected of a particular thing or situationclassic example/mistake/case etc Too many job hunters make the classic mistake of thinking only about what’s in it for them.► see thesaurus at typical2 IMPORTANTadmired admired by many people, and having a value that has continued for a long time The Coca-Cola bottle is one of the classic designs of the last century. a collection of classic cars3 very goodGOOD/EXCELLENT of excellent quality Roy scored a classic goal in the 90th minute.4 GOOD/EXCELLENTtraditional a classic style of art or clothing is attractive in a simple traditional way → classical She chose a classic navy suit for the ceremony.
Examples from the Corpusclassic• Professor Carey wrote the classic account of early explorations in Africa and Asia.• a classic blue suit• the classic Bogart version of 'The Maltese Falcon'• a classic car• The invention of the X-ray was a classic case of discovering something by accident.• The Coca-Cola bottle is one of the classic designs of our century.• The misunderstanding was nobody's fault and was a classic example of bad communication.• Orson Welles directed the classic film "Citizen Kane."• The historic and beautifully renovated Alex Theatre is a live venue also known for its screenings of classic films.• From 1880 to 1914, the classic gold standard also applied internationally to offset trade surpluses and deficits.• He bought cars, a classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle, boats, travel trailers and expensive pickups.• He also was influenced by the emerging Craftsman movement and the classic Mission style he found in California.• She made the classic mistake of trying to drive away without releasing the hand brake.• 'Jane Eyre' is Bronte's classic novel of courage in the face of despair.• The current classic paddle strokes are fine in certain circumstance but there are other occasions when different techniques are needed.• Sarah falls into the classic professional bracket.• the classic rock music of the sixties• 2001 is a classic science fiction movie.• This is a classic search argument.• The Rolling Stones produced a string of classic singles in the mid 60s including 'Satisfaction' and 'Brown Sugar'.classic example/mistake/case etc• Ashmore, in Cranborne Chase, is a classic example, and there are many similar villages in the Yorkshire Wolds.• Take the classic case, catatonic schizophrenia-okay?• A classic example is a capacity to store water in their feathers.• A classic example of a directory is the telephone White Pages, which allows us to locate people and telephone numbers.• Graphite is the classic example of a substance with a layer structure.• A classic example of cognitive processes is that of animal memory and the demonstration of subsequent decisions based thereon.• But such an approach is a classic example of treating symptoms of organizational dysfunction, rather than its root causes.classic cars• Seems they were part of a Model taking place in Lake County that drew 102 of the classic cars.• The Sunday Times carried half a page of ads for classic cars.• Since the bottom fell out of the market for supercars and classic cars, hot-rods have taken over.• They were there for a motoring festival, with more than two hundred million pounds worth of classic cars on show.• He is a devout Catholic who loves classic cars, stodgy puddings and paintings.classicclassic2 ●●○ AWL noun [countable] 1 IMPORTANTa book, play, or film that is important and has been admired for a long time ‘La Grande Illusion’ is one of the classics of French cinema.all-time/modern/design etc classic The play has become an American classic.2 GOOD/EXCELLENTsomething that is very good and one of the best examples of its kind What makes a car a classic?3 → classics
Examples from the Corpusclassic• My bandsaw is a classic made in about 1960 by Robinsons.• Tuesday night's game against the Clippers was a classic.• My marriage was a classic of its time.• Hernan said that he was getting by primarily on Cliff Notes and movie versions of the assigned classics.• a collection of literary classics• The smallest category comprises those that have actually become minor classics.• Movies like "Paris, Texas' have become modern classics.• It was a match to rank with the Lord's classics of 1953 and 1963.• Saskia also draws from the classics for her language.all-time/modern/design etc classic• The liquid engineers A modern classic.• A favourite of many and an all-time classic you can't afford to be without.• Puzznic is destined to become an all-time classic in the Tetris/Klax mould, and no serious puzzle-player should be without it.• This really is the prize of a lifetime: nearly £2,000 worth of modern classic.• Both offer unexpected views of Evans, swinging mightily through standards, modern classics and originals.