Definition of tertiary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːʃəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrʃieri//
, NAmE//ˈtɜːrʃəri//
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third in order, rank or importance the tertiary sector (= the area of industry that deals with services rather than materials or goods) (British English) tertiary education (= at university or college level) compare primary, secondary Wordfindercourse, distance learning, education, exam, further education, graduate, higher education, qualification, study, tertiary Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin tertiarius ‘of the third part or rank’, from tertius ‘third’.
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