Classic (W3)Engl. "classic" (17. Jh.) hat einige Bedeutungswandlungen durchgemacht. Die Bezeichnung engl. "classic" stellt im allgemeinen eine (positive) Auszeichnung dar.
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- engl. "classical Latin"
- engl. "representative"
- engl. "definitive"
- engl. "timelessly elegant or beautiful" (Mitte 18. Jh.)
- engl. "the very best" ("classic literature")
- engl. "typical" ("a classic example")
- engl. "a work of enduring quality" ("a literary classic")
- engl. "Classics Illustrated"
- engl. "Classic Comics" (a comic-book brand that began life in 1941)
- any of the five main flat races of the British horse-racing season (20. Jh.) (the One Thousand Guineas, the Two Thousand Guineas, Derby, Oaks, and St. Leger)
- applied to other major sporting events as well
- National Hockey League's Winter Classic
- engl. "preceding a certain year or date"
- New York City real-estate lingo: amerik. "Classic Six" is a six-room apartment built before World War II
- "Classic Movies" released between 1930 and 1970
- engl. "old"
- "the original version"
- "the previous version"
- "the good stuff before they started messing with it"
- "Classic C", for example, is an informal designation for the programming language C (introduced in 1978), which was updated by C++ and Objective-C.
- "Classic Shell" is an open-source version of Microsoft Windows introduced earlier this year that restores the Start button missing from Windows 8.
- retronym marker: "'Classic' refers to an earlier mode which once was the only mode, hence had no distinctive name."
Das klassische lat. "classicus" bedeutete "die (ersten) Bürgerklassen betreffend", "ersten Ranges", "mustergültig" und war eine Bildung zu lat. "classis" = dt. "Abteilung", "Klasse".
1610s, "of 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"). Originally in English, "of the first class"; meaning "belonging to standard authors of Greek and Roman antiquity" is attested from 1620s.
"a Greek or Roman writer or work", 1711, from "classic" (adj.). So, by mid-19c., any work in any context held to have a similar quality or relationship. In classical Latin noun use of classicus meant "a Marine" (miles classicus) from the "military division" sense of "classis".
"Classic" has had multiple meanings since it entered English in the early 17th century, and most of them are still in use. The word has roots in post-classical Latin, confusingly enough; it originally meant "of the first class" or "of enduring interest and value," a sense that still hovers around "classic" cat food. By the mid-17th century "classic" also meant "representative" or "definitive" — as in Lay's Classic Potato Chips. In the mid-18th century it acquired the meaning of "timelessly elegant or beautiful," as in "a classic gown" or Classic Home, "the leading importer of elegant rustic furniture and textiles and handmade natural fiber rugs from India." It can mean "the very best" (classic literature) or simply "typical" (a classic example).
Around the turn of the 20th century, the noun form of "classic" took another turn: It now referred to any of the five main flat races of the British horse-racing season (the One Thousand Guineas, the Two Thousand Guineas, Derby, Oaks, and St. Leger). By extension, "classic" — often capitalized — came to be applied to other major sporting events as well. And it crossed the Atlantic, showing up as the National Hockey League's Winter Classic and college basketball's Charleston Classic.
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Engl. "Classic" taucht in der Literatur um das Jahr 1630 / 1800 auf.