- of the third rate, quality, or class.
- distinctly inferior: a third-rate performance.
Origin of third-rate
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for third-rate
To you or me he would have looked like what he was, a second or third-rate tragedian.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
There are numerous second- and third-rate hotels in the city and suburbs.The Philippine Islands
There are too many cheap lawyers and third-rate politicians there.As A Chinaman Saw Us
They tell us what it is, a third-rate city in a stony wilderness.Tancred
He is a music master, or a penny-a-liner, or a third-rate artist.Daisy Miller
- not of high quality; mediocre or inferior