Classic or Classical

Classic talks about something that is good and has been created over a long period of time. It also means a perfect or typical example of something.

The phrase instant classic is a contradiction and shouldn’t be used.

Classical talks about anything of the civilisation and culture of ancient Greece or Rome. It is also used to talk about pre-19th century culture such as music or dance.

  • These classic designs always look good.
    (created over a long period of time)
  • The E-type Jaguar is a classic British sports car.
    (perfect example of something)
  • He studied classical literature at university.
    (civilisation and culture of ancient Greece or Rome)
  • Mozart is probably the best-known classical composer.
    (pre-19th century culture)