Etymology
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classic (adj.)

1610s, "of or belonging to the highest class; approved as a model," from French classique (17c.), from Latin classicus "relating to the (highest) classes of the Roman people," hence, "superior," from classis (see class (n.)). Originally in English, "of the first class;" meaning "belonging to or characteristic of standard authors of Greek and Roman antiquity" is attested from 1620s.

classic (n.)

"a Greek or Roman writer or work," 1711, from classic (adj.). So, by mid-18c., any work or author in any context held to have a similar quality or relationship; an artist or literary production of the first rank. In classical Latin the noun use of classicus meant "a marine" (miles classicus) from the "military division" sense of classis.

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Definitions of classic
1
classic (adj.)
of a well-known type; remarkably typical;
the classic struggle between good and evil
she made the classic mistake of choosing style over substance
I woke up with all the classic symptoms of the flu
classic (adj.)
considered of the highest quality and lasting significance or worth;
`War and Peace' is a classic novel
a classic car
classic (adj.)
well-known and long-established in form or style;
the classic struggle between good and evil
classic double-breasted suit
Synonyms: classical
classic (adj.)
of or relating to the first significant period of a civilization, culture, area of study, etc.;
classic Chinese pottery
Synonyms: classical
2
classic (n.)
a creation of the highest excellence;
classic (n.)
an artist who has created classic works;
From wordnet.princeton.edu