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Definition of third-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a class, rank, or grade next below the second

third class


Definition of third class (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the third and usually next below second class in a classification
2 : the least expensive class of accommodations (as on a passenger ship)
3 : a former class of U.S. mail comprising circulars, pamphlets, catalogs, and newsletters

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third-class adverb

Examples of third-class in a Sentence

Noun She got a third class in English.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The third class, which would be sold to the public in the IPO, has only one vote per share. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 The passengers are divided into first, second and third classes and are treated that way, even during the crisis. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "On Theater: A ‘Titanic’ hit musical at the Attic Community Theatre," 12 Aug. 2019 Collins was selected as part of the third class of astronauts in 1963. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's 'loneliest man'? Far from it: Astronaut Michael Collins on the 'cathedral' of Apollo 11," 18 June 2019 To use violence against the oppression and be part of the problem; or to be silent and live as a second or a third class citizen without any rights, where his or her dignity will be destroyed or affected. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 Meanwhile, the board chose not to add a third class in boys and girls tennis. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "More classes, state tournaments coming to Minnesota high school sports," 3 June 2019 McGregor could have potentially won a title in a third class in the fight, which no UFC fighter has accomplished. Jenna West,, "Conor McGregor Reveals He Almost Returned to UFC in May But "Something Came Up"," 6 June 2018 This one was third class: completely open, with bunk beds on both sides, and it was packed with people. Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times, "A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia," 14 Feb. 2018 First-class patrons won't be permitted to mingle with those in second or third class, and the ship won't be equipped with television or Internet. Sarah Aires, Woman's Day, "Exact Replica of Titanic to Set Sail in 2016," 28 Feb. 2013

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First Known Use of third-class


1839, in the meaning defined above


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of third-class was in 1748

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English Language Learners Definition of third-class

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to third class

third class


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

: the level of service on a train, ship, etc., that is the cheapest
: a class of mail in the U.S. that includes advertisements
British : an undergraduate degree of the lowest level given by a British university

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