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

third class

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

Examples of third-class in a Sentence

Noun She got a third class in English.
Recent Examples on the Web
The survivors of the Titanic were largely divided by class: Only 174 of the 700 third-class passengers survived, said Encyclopedia Britannica. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2023 In 1948, a British third-class passenger, Walter J. Adamson, passed away in the room, under circumstances that have been lost to time. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 11 Aug. 2023 In June 2022, the council voted 6-1 against legislation that would have moved Westfield from a third-class city to a second-class city, like its counterparts around Hamilton County. The Indianapolis Star, 5 July 2023 In the cabins were 230 women and children, but it is not known how many there were among the 740 third-class passengers. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 The majority of the people killed were members of the crew and third-class passengers. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 The majority of the people killed were members of the crew and third-class passengers – with 710 deaths in the third class and 700 deaths among the crew. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 17 May 2023 First, second, and third-class trophies and ribbons will be awarded, while first-in-class winners will compete for the Willie K. Vanderbilt Trophy. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2023
This year marks the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame's third class of inductions, and starting Saturday, the stars will finally strut their stuff as the physical walk site comes to life. Joshua Medintz, The Enquirer, 18 July 2023 As a third class city, Westfield continues to have a seven-member council with five district councilors and two at-large representatives. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 Boston Review announces 2023-24 fellows The Boston Review recently announced its third class of Black Voices in the Public Sphere fellows. Nina MacLaughlin,, 22 June 2023 There were 710 deaths in the third class and 700 deaths among the crew. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 The next lowest class went from 40 days of good time to 15 days and from 20 days to five days for those in the third class. Ralph Chapoco, al, 9 June 2023 Mann-Whyatt’s uncle, William Mann, of Elma, Wash., was a 21-year-old gunner’s mate third class on the Arizona. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 Brandon, an aviation electrician third class, died by suicide on June 25, 2018, on the flight line at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 The third class is the risk of market acceptance of a new product. Arie Brish, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1839, in the meaning defined above


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of third-class was in 1748

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“Third-class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

third class

: the class next below second class in a classification
third-class adjective
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