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Definition of second best adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    second best

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌsekənd ˈbest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsekənd ˈbest//
     
     
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  1. 1not as good as the best The two teams seemed evenly matched but Arsenal came off second best (= lost). my second-best suit
  2. 2not exactly what you want; not perfect a second-best solution

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