Belonging to the highest rank or class. Serving as the established model or standard: a classic example of colonial architecture. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring. Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles: a classic piece of research. Of a well-known type; typical: a classic mistake. Of or characteristic of the literature, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; classical. Formal, refined, and restrained in style. Simple and harmonious; elegant: the classic cut of a suit; the classic lines of a clipper ship. Having historical or literary associations: classic battlefields of the Civil War. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance. A work recognized as definitive in its field. A literary work of ancient Greece or Rome. The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Used with the. One that is of the highest rank or class: The car was a classic of automotive design. A typical or traditional example. Informal A superior or unusual example of its kind: The reason he gave for being late was a classic. A traditional event, especially a major sporting event that is held annually: a golf classic.