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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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Examples of third-class in a Sentence

Noun She got a third class in English.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tight ends Dametrious Crownover of Grandview and Fernando Garza of Katy are expected to sign at a later date as part of coach Jimbo Fisher’s third class at A&M (and still part of the 18). Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M football reels in most of expected recruits," 16 Dec. 2020 This was the third class to graduate from the specialty court, which launched officially on Veterans Day in 2017. Elizabeth Zavala,, "Despite pandemic, San Antonio veterans treatment court graduates largest ever class," 14 Dec. 2020 On that fateful Sunday, Conter, a 20-year-old quartermaster third class was standing in the stern of the ship when a Japanese bomb penetrated the Arizona’s forward turrets, creating a large explosion. Yael Halon, Fox News, "'They were burned pretty badly:' Pearl Harbor survivor aboard USS Arizona remembers attack 79 years later," 8 Dec. 2020 By that third class, Jireh and Sligh had created a model that included multiple speakers and breakout rooms where participants tasted wines and compared notes in a small group setting. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How one woman is diversifying the wine industry, one Zoom at a time," 4 Nov. 2020 For the third class, Jireh and Sligh persuaded Wines of Georgia, an organization devoted to promoting wines produced in the country of Georgia, to pay for the bottles of Georgian wine and food pairings that were sent to participants. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How one woman is diversifying the wine industry, one Zoom at a time," 4 Nov. 2020 He was honorably discharged as a radioman third class after the war. Will Dudding, New York Times, "Murray Schisgal, Who Brought the Absurd to the Mainstream, Dies at 93," 2 Oct. 2020 Proposition 22 would establish a third class of workers with limited benefits. Washington Post, "Uber and Lyft don’t want to make California drivers employees, so they’re on the verge of shutting down," 19 Aug. 2020 Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame's third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama’s greatest 100 football players: 2019 season update," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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“Third-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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