Classic

Definition of Classic

Clas´sic   Pronunciation: klăs´sĭk
a.1.Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
Give, as thy last memorial to the age,
One classic drama, and reform the stage.
- Byron.
Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject [Roman weights and coins].
- Arbuthnot.
2.Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. 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.
Though throned midst Latium's classic plains.
- Mrs. Hemans.
The epithet classical, as applied to ancient authors, is determined less by the purity of their style than by the period at which they wrote.
- Brande & C.
He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college.
- Macaulay.
3.Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
Classical, provincial, and national synods.
- Macaulay.
Classicals orders
(Arch.) See under Order.
n.1.A work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; - originally used of Greek and Latin works or authors, but now applied to authors and works of a like character in any language.
In is once raised him to the rank of a legitimate English classic.
- Macaulay.
2.One learned in the literature of Greece and Rome, or a student of classical literature.

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