Definition of second class in English:

second class

noun

  • 1[in singular] A set of people or things grouped together as the second best.

    • ‘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.’
    post, letters, packages, parcels, correspondence, communications, airmail
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    1. 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.’
    2. 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, unimportant
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    1. 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’
    2. 1.2Relating to a class of mail having lower priority than first-class mail.
      [as adjective] ‘second-class postage stamps’
    3. 1.3(in North America) denoting a class of mail which includes newspapers and periodicals.
    4. 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’

Pronunciation:

second class

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