second-best

adjective sec·ond-best \ ˌse-kən(d)-ˈbest , -kᵊŋ- \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of second-best

: next to the best

First Known Use of second-best

14th century

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second best

noun

Definition of second best

: one that is below or after the best

Examples of second best in a Sentence

  1. He won't settle for second best.

First Known Use of second best

1647

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second best

adverb

Definition of second best

: in second place

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First Known Use of second best

1777

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SECOND-BEST Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of second best for English Language Learners

  • : something that is good but not the best


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