second-best

1 of 3

adjective

sec·​ond-best ˌse-kən(d)-ˈbest How to pronounce second-best (audio)
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: next to the best

second best

2 of 3

noun

: one that is below or after the best

second best

3 of 3

adverb

: in second place

Examples of second-best in a Sentence

Noun He won't settle for second best.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Griffin’s firing came as somewhat of a surprise, as Milwaukee had a 30-13 record at the time of his departure, tied for second-best in the league. Sam Joseph, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 In its most recent earnings, Netflix continued on that momentum, and reported adding 13 million subscribers, to reach 260 million, marking its second-best quarter ever for subscriber sign-ups. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 The stock, while on the pricey side with a P/E of 32, gained a market-beating 32.5% in 2023 and has the second-best 10-year price history of our five picks. Larry Light, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 The Celtics hold the NBA’s best record at 40-12 this season, entering Saturday with the NBA’s second-best offensive rating and third-best defensive rating. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 Scoring 10 points against Kansas City, which came in boasting perhaps the NFL’s second-best defense, wasn’t going to cut it. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 The Heat has allowed just 104.4 points per 100 possessions for the NBA’s second-best defensive rating during this four-game span. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 The Fitbit Inspire 3 is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for $79.95 ($20 off), which is its second-best price to date. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 The Orioles won the American League East last season, and the team’s 101 wins was best in the AL and second-best in all of baseball in 2023. Matt Egan, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
His 81 touchdowns rank second best in AFL history behind Don Maynard, and his 8,015 yards receiving were third behind only Maynard and Hall of Famer Lance Alworth. Josh Dubow, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023
Adverb
Among the challenges for the second best-selling female artist of all time? Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2023 When the year wrapped, Red was the second best-selling LP of 2012 with 3.11 million, following Adele's 21. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 18 June 2021 His 138 yards over expectation ranked second best to Keisean Nixon's 214 for Green Bay. Josh Dubow, ajc, 11 Jan. 2023 For the year, the Ravens are allowing only 81 yards per game on the ground – second best in the NFL. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 17 Dec. 2022 Army has 11 players with at least 100 rushing yards this season and is averaging 304.4 rushing yards per game, second best in the country. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 10 Dec. 2022 Oregon is best at containing the run, as its 112.55-yards per game average is narrowly second best in the Pac-12 behind Oregon State. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2022 Minnesota is ready to exploit this if needed as evidenced by its 8.33 yards per carry off left tackle this season, second best in the NFL. Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2022 The Dallas Cowboys are 5-2 and have held opponents to just 14.9 points per game, second best in the NFL. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1647, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second-best was in the 14th century

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“Second-best.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second-best. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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second-best

adjective
: next to the best
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