second class
noun Date: 1810 1. the second and usually next to highest group in a classification 2. cabin class 3. a class of United States or Canadian mail comprising periodicals sent to regular subscribers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • second-class — ˈsecond class adjective [only before a noun] 1. second class mail is cheaper to send than first class mail because it takes slightly longer to be delivered: • We aim to deliver 96% of second class letters by the third working day after collection …   Financial and business terms

  • second class — ˈsecond class adjective [only before a noun] 1. second class mail is cheaper to send than first class mail because it takes slightly longer to be delivered: • We aim to deliver 96% of second class letters by the third working day after collection …   Financial and business terms

  • second-class — adj [only before noun] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(people)¦ 2¦(lower standard)¦ 3¦(travel)¦ 4¦(mail)¦ 5¦(university degree)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ considered to be less important and less valuable than other people ▪ Why should old people be treated like second… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second-class — adj [only before noun] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(people)¦ 2¦(lower standard)¦ 3¦(travel)¦ 4¦(mail)¦ 5¦(university degree)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ considered to be less important and less valuable than other people ▪ Why should old people be treated like second… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second-class — adjective 1. ) low in quality or importance: a second class hotel All the merchandise was second class. a ) treated as if you are not as good or important as other people: Many of the women are treated like second class citizens. 2. ) only before …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Second class — generally indicates a secondary level of service or importance. Specific uses of the term include:In Scouting:* Second Class Scout in Boy Scouting (Boy Scouts of America) * Second Class Scout in Ranks in the Boy Scouts of AmericaIn rail travel:*… …   Wikipedia

  • second-class — [sek′ənd klas′, sek′əndkläs′] adj. 1. of the class, rank, excellence, etc. next below the highest; of secondary quality 2. designating or of accommodations next below the best [a second class railway carriage ] ☆ 3. designating or of a class of… …   English World dictionary

  • Second-class — Sec ond class , a. Of the rank or degree below the best or highest; inferior; second rate; as, a second class house; a second class passage; a second class citizen. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second-class — (adj.) 1837, from SECOND (Cf. second) (adj.) + CLASS (Cf. class) (n.). Phrase second class citizen is recorded from 1942 …   Etymology dictionary

  • second class — ► NOUN 1) a set of people or things grouped together as the second best. 2) the second best accommodation in an aircraft, train, or ship. 3) Brit. the second highest division in the results of the examinations for a university degree. ► ADJECTIVE …   English terms dictionary

  • second-class — second rate / second class [adj] inferior, cheap cheap and dirty*, common, commonplace, déclassé, hack*, low grade, low quality, mean, mediocre, poor, shoddy*, substandard, tacky*, tawdry; concepts 334,567,574 Ant. excellent, first class, first… …   New thesaurus

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