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



    BrE BrE//ˌsekənd ˈklɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsekənd ˈklæs//
    Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1(disapproving) (of a person) less important than other people Older people should not be treated as second-class citizens.
  2. 2of a lower standard or quality than the best a second-class education
  3. 3[only before noun] connected with the less expensive way of travelling on a train, ship, etc. second-class carriages/compartments/passengers See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  4. 4[only before noun] (in Britain) connected with letters, packages, etc. that you pay less to send and that are delivered less quickly second-class letters/stamps
  5. 5(in the US) connected with the system of sending newspapers and magazines by mail
  6. 6[only before noun] used to describe a British university degree which is good but not of the highest class Applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree.

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