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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 This year, the program received more than 4,000 submissions for just 21 spots in its third class. Wired, "Like Y Combinator, but for Hollywood Scripts," 13 Nov. 2019 Katy ISD inducted its third class into its Athletic Hall of Honor, recognizing the 2019 selections Oct. 25 at Legacy Stadium. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD inducts 2019 class into Hall of Honor," 4 Nov. 2019 In the third class, Paula instructs us to write our fears and worries about fatherhood on a flip chart. Claire Lynch, Washington Post, "I donated the eggs, my wife carried the babies: What it’s like to be the unexpected parent," 23 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Third-class.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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