The word classic means something that is a perfect example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. 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 and 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 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.
Famous quotes containing the word classic:
“A classic is a book that doesnt have to be written again.”
—Carl Van Doren (18851950)
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
—Italo Calvino (19231985)
“It could be said that the AIDS pandemic is a classic own-goal scored by the human race against itself.”