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third-class

[thurd-klas, -klahs]
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adjective
  1. of the lowest or poorest class or quality; inferior.
  2. least costly and luxurious: a third-class coach.
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adverb
  1. by third-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel third-class.
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Origin of third-class

First recorded in 1830–40

third class

noun
  1. the class, grade, or rank immediately below the second.
  2. the least costly class of accommodations on trains, in hotels, etc.Compare tourist class.
  3. (in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of merchandise weighing up to 16 ounces, and written or printed material, as books, manuscripts, or circulars, not sealed against postal inspection.
  4. the lowest of three honors degrees conferred by a British university.
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Origin of third class

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for third-class

Historical Examples

  • They were forming in a long line now before the third-class gang-plank.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Prominent among these was the Knigsberg, a third-class cruiser.

  • They then went into the third-class waiting room, and sat down.

  • Near an opening at the rail of the ship some of the third-class luggage had been left.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Tregaskis never sold better than third-class American in all his life.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch


British Dictionary definitions for third-class

third class

noun
  1. the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
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adjective (third-class when prenominal)
  1. of the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
  2. of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel, on a ship, etc, next in quality and price to the second: usually the cheapest
  3. (in the US and Canada) of or relating to a class of mail consisting largely of unsealed printed matter
  4. British See third (def. 8)
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adverb
  1. by third-class mail, transport, etc
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