third-class

[thurd-klas, -klahs]
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adjective

of the lowest or poorest class or quality; inferior.
least costly and luxurious: a third-class coach.

adverb

by third-class mail or passenger accommodations: to travel third-class.

Nearby words

  1. third ventricle,
  2. third ventriculostomy,
  3. third way,
  4. third world,
  5. third worlder,
  6. third-degree,
  7. third-degree burn,
  8. third-party insurance,
  9. third-party software,
  10. third-rate

Origin of third-class

First recorded in 1830–40

third class

noun

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.

Origin of third class

First recorded in 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for third-class

third class

noun

the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second

adjective (third-class when prenominal)

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)

adverb

by third-class mail, transport, etc
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