the class, grade, or rank immediately below the second.
the least costly class of accommodations on trains, in hotels, etc.: Compare tourist class.
(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.
the lowest of three honors degrees conferred by a British university.
Other definitions for third-class (2 of 2)
of the lowest or poorest class or quality; inferior.
least costly and luxurious: a third-class coach.
by third-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel third-class.
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How to use third class in a sentence
Twice she tried to change subject at Oxford; barred from doing so she came away with a lowly third-class degree.‘The Lady and the Peacock’: Peter Popham’s Biography Reveals the Real Aung San Suu Kyi | Peter Popham | March 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
For that matter, there is nothing alarming about that in Scotland, their third-class carriages are superior to our French seconds.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
He then hurried to his room and put on his military clothes—they were those of a third-class military officer.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Two second- or third-class ships—and they not even properly found or armed—are all she possesses.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
Mrs. Gerard took care of many of these cases herself and saw to it that they were provided with third-class tickets.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
I want to photograph you with the third-class passengers, then the second-class, and have you shown playing games on deck.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for third class
the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
of the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
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
(in the US and Canada) of or relating to a class of mail consisting largely of unsealed printed matter
British See third (def. 8)
by third-class mail, transport, etc
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