Definition of poor relation in English:

poor relation


  • A person or thing that is considered inferior or subordinate to others of the same type or group.

    ‘for many years radio has been the poor relation of the media’
    • ‘Their counterparts in Scotland and Wales are once again the poor relations, averaging £61,928 for Scottish GPs and £65,014 for Welsh ones.’
    • ‘According to the survey, livestock farmers remain the poor relations, with sheep farmers' incomes up just 4% to an average €12,900 per annum.’
    • ‘Press see authors as poor relations of Bollywood but most authors don't see themselves like that,’ Rana Dasgupta says.’
    • ‘It is becoming clearer too that poorer countries are no longer prepared to be the poor relations of the first world, as at the last round of talks in Cancun, Mexico, when 17 countries turned their backs on what was being proposed.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that many in this community believe that we are very much poor relations in health care provision?’
    • ‘According to a source at the State Department, most Tier 3 countries are the ones that have poor relations with the U.S. government, such as North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Our members are fed up with being the poor relations of the public sector and are determined to demonstrate that strength of feeling to our employer.’’
    • ‘He said despite having a seat at the table with the leaders of the world's richest nations, the African leaders will still be seen as what he calls poor relations crashing the party.’
    • ‘One of the things I've always been is an evangelist and I've always felt that the applied arts are very much the poor relations of fine arts - painting, sculpture and architecture.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I think the people of Mytholmroyd have felt to be treated like the poor relations of Hebden Bridge, which is an area of outstanding beauty.’’


poor relation

/ˌpɔː rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/