second class

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second class

1. The group ranking next below the first, highest, or best group in a system of classification.
2. Travel accommodations ranking next below the highest or first class.

second class

the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the first
1. of the class or grade next to the best in quality, etc
2. shoddy or inferior
3. of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel or on a train, etc, lower in quality and price than first class
4. (Philately)
a. (in Britain) of or relating to mail that is processed more slowly than first-class mail
b. (in the US and Canada) of or relating to mail that consists mainly of newspapers, etc
5. (Education) education See second110
by second-class mail, transport, etc

sec′ond class′

1. the class of accommodations inferior to first class but superior to third class.
2. the class of mail consisting of newspapers and periodicals not sealed against postal inspection.


1. of a secondary class or quality.
2. second-rate.
3. deprived of certain civil rights: second-class citizens.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second class - not the highest rank in a classificationsecond class - not the highest rank in a classification
rank - relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
2.second class - not the highest quality in a classification
low quality, inferiority - an inferior quality
3.second class - a class of accommodations on a ship or train or plane that are less expensive than first class accommodations
accommodation - living quarters provided for public convenience; "overnight accommodations are available"
Adv.1.second class - by second class conveyance; "we traveled second class"
References in classic literature ?
Is there not also a second class of goods, such as knowledge, sight, health, which are desirable not only in themselves, but also for their results?
Ay, there's the rub, Tom; one is obliged in our business to put up with the SECOND class.
Anne had never at the Louvre had so large a court; but this crowd represented chiefly the second class of nobility, while the Prince de Conti, the Duc de Beaufort and the coadjutor assembled around them the first nobility of France.
They've run away from second class Russian cruisers more than once up there off Siberia.
The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
In the second class, the Novels of our own day--otherwise the Light Literature, which is universally read, and occasionally respected.
To be fair to those others, I think that the first wild panic was subsiding even then; at least there was a lull, and even a reaction in the right direction on the part of the males in the second class and steerage.
Jane, Ruby, Josie, Charlie, and Moody Spurgeon, not being troubled with the stirrings of ambition, were content to take up the Second Class work.
Our slender resources had suffered already, and the doubtful future--more doubtful than ever now-- made me dread decreasing our means unnecessarily by allowing myself an indulgence even at the small cost of a double railway journey in the carriages of the second class.
The Albatross, British cruiser of the second class, of which he was fourth lieutenant, had called in at Tulagi with dispatches from the High Commissioner of the English South Seas.
THE SECOND class of powers, lodged in the general government, consists of those which regulate the intercourse with foreign nations, to wit: to make treaties; to send and receive ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls; to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations; to regulate foreign commerce, including a power to prohibit, after the year 1808, the importation of slaves, and to lay an intermediate duty of ten dollars per head, as a discouragement to such importations.
And in the end the criminal was, in consideration of extenuating circumstances, condemned to penal servitude in the second class for a term of eight years only.