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1[in singular] A set of people or things grouped together as the second best.
post, letters, packages, parcels, correspondence, communications, airmailView synonyms
- ‘Union leaders say it will result in a second class of workers with lower wages and benefits than those at the parent airline.’
- ‘As a manager, Hoddle has more or less proved himself first class of the second class.’
- 1.1[mass noun]The second-best accommodation or seating in a train or other form of transport.
- ‘This was not a one-class ship like the others I had traveled on, but had three separate sections - first class, second class, and steerage.’
- ‘I couldn't believe how nice second-class was on Japan's private trains.’
- ‘I have not heard if any people with first class tickets sat down in second class.’
- ‘An attendant approaches her and tell her to move to the second class as she doesn't have a ticket for the first class.’
- ‘For some reason I've always found myself standing in the carriage which is half second class and half Arriva Premiere class.’
- ‘Not only was I going to travel on my very first train today, I was going to travel second class rather than packed in third class.’
- ‘An Inter-Rail ticket entitles you to travel in second class on trains in the zones you've chosen.’
- ‘It will maybe not be first-class, but even if it is second-class, it would be nice to be on that train.’
- 1.2British The second-highest division in the results of the examinations for a university degree.‘he obtained a second class in modern history’
- ‘And only six girls got second class in the tenth - all the others passed in first class.’
- ‘He was a gentleman and a scholar, having graduated in Harvard University's second class in dentistry in 1870.’
adverb & adjective
1Of the second-best quality or in the second division.[as adjective] ‘until 1914 women were thought of as second-class citizens’second-rate, second-best, low-class, inferior, lesser, unimportantView synonyms
- 1.1Relating to the second-best accommodation or seating in a train or other form of transport.[as adjective] ‘I want second-class tickets’[as adverb] ‘they don't fly second class’
- 1.2Relating to a class of mail having lower priority than first-class mail.[as adjective] ‘second-class postage stamps’
- 1.3(in North America) denoting a class of mail which includes newspapers and periodicals.
- 1.4British [as adjective]Relating to the second-highest division in the results of the examinations for a university degree.‘a respectable second-class degree’
- 1.1Relating to the second-best accommodation or seating in a train or other form of transport.
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