[sek-uh nd-klas, -klahs] /ˈsɛk əndˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
of a secondary class or quality.
by second-class mail or passenger accommodations:
to travel second-class.
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.
the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the first
of the class or grade next to the best in quality, etc
shoddy or inferior
of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel or on a train, etc, lower in quality and price than first class
(in Britain) of or relating to mail that is processed more slowly than first-class mail
(in the US and Canada) of or relating to mail that consists mainly of newspapers, etc
(education) See second1 (sense 10)
by second-class mail, transport, etc
Inferior; see second best
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 ]
In the United States and Canada, a category of mail consisting of periodicals and newspapers. [ c. 1870 ]
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 ]
- Second-class citizen
noun 1. a citizen, especially a member of a minority group, who is denied the social, political, and economic benefits of citizenship. 2. a person who is not accorded a fair share of respect, recognition, or consideration: The boss treats us all like second-class citizens. second-class citizen noun 1. a person whose rights and opportunities […]
noun 1. the coming of Christ on Judgment Day. Second Coming noun 1. the prophesied return of Christ to earth at the Last Judgment Second Coming definition The return of Jesus, prophesied in the New Testament, to judge the living and the dead and bring about the final triumph of good over evil. The writings […]
noun 1. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them”: second of the Ten Commandments.
noun 1. the consonant shift by which High German became differentiated from other Germanic languages.