: extremely low in quality or value : worse than second-rate
third-rate hotels
a third-rate novelist
third-rater noun

Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of third-rate was in 1814

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Cite this Entry

“Third-rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third-rate. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

third-rate

adjective

ˈthər-ˈdrāt
: of third quality or value
especially : worse than second-rate
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