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noun
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.
(in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of newspapers and periodicals not sealed against postal inspection.
the second of three honors degrees conferred by a British university.
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Origin of second class

First recorded in 1830–40

Other definitions for second class (2 of 2)

second-class
[ sek-uhnd-klas, -klahs ]
/ ˈsɛk əndˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /

adjective
of a secondary class or quality.
second-rate; inferior.
adverb
by second-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel second-class.

Origin of second-class

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for second class

second class

noun
the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the first
adjective
adverb
by second-class mail, transport, etc
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Other Idioms and Phrases with second class

second class

1

Inferior; see second best.

2

Travel accommodations ranking below the highest or first class, as in Traveling second class on European trains is not only cheaper but gives you more contact with local people. [c. 1840]

3

In the United States and Canada, a category of mail consisting of periodicals and newspapers. [c. 1870]

4

second-class citizen. An individual regarded or treated as inferior to others in status or rights, an underprivileged person. For example, In many countries women still are considered second-class citizens. This term uses second class in the sense of “inferior.” [c. 1940]

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