second class

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  1. the class of travel accommodations, as on a train, that are less costly and luxurious than first class but are more costly and luxurious than third class.: Compare cabin class.

  2. (in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of newspapers and periodicals not sealed against postal inspection.

  1. the second of three honors degrees conferred by a British university.

Origin of second class

First recorded in 1830–40

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Other definitions for second-class (2 of 2)

[ sek-uhnd-klas, -klahs ]

  1. of a secondary class or quality.

  2. second-rate; inferior.

  1. by second-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel second-class.

Origin of second-class

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use second class in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for second class

second class

  1. the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the first

  1. of the class or grade next to the best in quality, etc

  2. shoddy or inferior

  1. of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel or on a train, etc, lower in quality and price than first class

    • (in Britain) of or relating to mail that is processed more slowly than first-class mail

    • (in the US and Canada) of or relating to mail that consists mainly of newspapers, etc

  2. education See second 1 (def. 10)

  1. by second-class mail, transport, etc

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Other Idioms and Phrases with second class

second class

Inferior; see second best.

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