second-best

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adjective sec·ond-best \ ˌse-kən(d)-ˈbest , -kᵊŋ- \

Definition of second-best

:next to the best

First Known Use of second-best

14th century


1

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


2

second best

adverb

Definition of second best

:in second place

First Known Use of second best

1777


SECOND-BEST Defined for English Language Learners

second best

noun

Definition of second best for English Language Learners

  • : something that is good but not the best


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