second-class

adjective sec·ond-class \ ˈse-kən(d)-ˈklas , -kᵊŋ- \

Definition of second-class

1 : of or relating to a second class
2 : mediocre; also : socially, politically, or economically deprived

First Known Use of second-class

circa 1838


second class

noun

Definition of second class

1 : the second and usually next to highest group in a classification
3 : a class of U.S. or Canadian mail comprising periodicals sent to regular subscribers

Examples of second class in a Sentence

  1. The airline offers special services for travelers in first and second class.

  2. She got an upper second class in English at Oxford.

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First Known Use of second class

1810



SECOND-CLASS Defined for English Language Learners

second-class

adjective

Definition of second-class for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to second class

  • : not given the same rights or treatment as the rest of the people in a society

  • : not of the best quality


second class

noun

Definition of second class for English Language Learners

  • : a level of service on a train, ship, etc., that is just below first class

  • : a class of mail in the U.S. that includes newspapers, magazines, etc.

  • : a class of mail in the UK that costs less and takes longer to arrive than first class



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