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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

Other Words from third-class


third-class adverb

Examples of third-class in a Sentence

Noun She got a third class in English.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, 4 Apr. 2022 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, 4 Apr. 2022 According to Britannica, the ship's crew and third-class passengers suffered the greatest loss with 700 deaths among the crew and 710 in the third class. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, was promoted to the rank of hospital corpsman third class, and in addition to the Purple Heart was also awarded the Fleet Marine Force Corpsman warfare badge. Arkansas Online, 9 Sep. 2021 Chapeta, 95, who resides at Capri's Landmark in West Allis, is a former U.S. Navy quartermaster-third class who served aboard the U.S.S. Alcyone and was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 That turned into a guest lecture for another class and then for a third class. Kimberly A. Whitler, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 The presentation also was a way to honor the decades of commitment to veterans by the late funeral home owner Walter E. Kosary, who served during World War II in the Navy as a petty officer, third class, pharmacists mate. Paul Eisenberg,, 24 June 2021 According to research from the lab of Jesse Bloom at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, R346 affects the third class. Gregory Barber, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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