second-class

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

Definition of second-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

second class

noun

Definition of second class (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for second-class

Synonyms: Adjective

inferior, mean, minor, second-rate, secondary

Antonyms: Adjective

greater, higher, superior

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Examples of second-class in a Sentence

Noun

The airline offers special services for travelers in first and second class. She got an upper second class in English at Oxford.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite a climate of hysteria, and despite the treatment of ethnic Japanese in Hawaii as second class in some respects, Japanese-American soldiers from Hawaii performed tremendous acts of bravery in wartime. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Kazuo Yamane’s WWII story shows the lengths to which some must go to prove their loyalty to America," 11 Nov. 2018 The Pieper twins, both radiomen second class, are the 45th pair of brothers at the cemetery, three of them memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the cemetery. Author: Mark D. Carlson, Virginia Mayo, Anchorage Daily News, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 19 June 2018 The Institute of Museum and Library Services’s grant funds two years of the program, so a second class of eight students will follow. Daisy Alioto |, WSJ, "They Get Paid to Touch the Art," 3 Nov. 2018 The Pieper twins, both radiomen second class, are the 45th pair of brothers at the cemetery, three of them memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the cemetery. Author: Mark D. Carlson, Virginia Mayo, Anchorage Daily News, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 19 June 2018 More: Male High School's Ciaja Harbison wins Donna L.J. Murphy Award This is the second class to enter the Hall of Fame, and Carraro will be the first player inducted. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Manual High School's Kidder wins girls singles state bowling championship," 8 Feb. 2018 The Pieper twins, both radiomen second class, are the 45th pair of brothers at the cemetery, three of them memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the cemetery. Mark D. Carlson And Virginia Mayo, BostonGlobe.com, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 Coginchaug lost three key seniors to injuries before the season started but still managed to win its second Class S title, 71-42, over SMSA. Lori Riley, courant.com, "The 2017-18 All-Courant High School Girls Basketball Team," 1 May 2018 And the second class of citizen are people who are law-abiding taxpayers, they're treated differently than almost everyone else. Fox News, "Lewandowski on Michael Cohen's role with Trump organization," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of second-class

Adjective

circa 1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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second-class

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of second-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of second class (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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