Definition of second determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



     determiner,ordinal number
    determiner, ordinal number
    BrE BrE//ˈsekənd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekənd//
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  1. 1  happening or coming next after the first in a series of similar things or people; 2nd This is the second time it's happened. Italy scored a second goal just after half-time. the second of June/June 2nd He was the second to arrive. We have one child and are expecting our second in July.
  2. 2  next in order of importance, size, quality, etc. to one other person or thing Osaka is Japan's second-largest city. Birmingham, the UK’s second city The spreadsheet application is second only to word processing in terms of popularity. As a dancer, he is second to none (= nobody is a better dancer than he is).
  3. 3  [only before noun] another; in addition to one that you already own or use They have a second home in Tuscany. teachers of English as a second language (= to people who already speak one or more other languages)
  4. Word Origindeterminer Middle English: via Old French from Latin secundus ‘following, second’, from the base of sequi ‘follow’. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.