second-class

adjective
sec·​ond-class | \ ˈse-kən(d)-ˈklas How to pronounce second-class (audio) , -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

The best didn’t really have anything to do with the games the Bobcats won this past weekend in East Peoria to earn their second Class 2A state title in three years. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Beecher's Class 2A state softball championship includes a true community celebration," 5 June 2019 They were then allowed to go to their second class of the day. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Butler High School Kept Classes in Session the Day a Fatal Shooting Happened," 29 Oct. 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 Julius, radioman second class like his brother, is being buried with full military honors at the cemetery, an immaculate field of crosses and stars of David. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 Vixama just finished the second class, and shadowed a manager at CVS as part of that training. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now," 30 May 2018 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

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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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The first known use of second-class was in 1810

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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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