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.
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.
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.
The same principle prevails also in the choice of their senate; the manner of electing which is favourable also to an oligarchy; for all are obliged to vote for those who are senators of the first class, afterwards they vote for the same number out of the second, and then out of the third; but this compulsion to vote at the election of senators does not extend to the third and fourth classes and the first and second class only are obliged to vote for the fourth.
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.
How long before some genius thinks if the suckers will pay 55p to send a letter second class, then why not just get rid of a second class and charge everyone first class for a second class service?
Fences for the first class were 85/100cm and the second class fences rose to 105/120cm.
From March 30, first and second class will increase by 1p to 63p and 54p - doubling the price they were 10 years ago.
The price of first and second class stamps is to increase by 1p each to 63p and 54p from March 30, Royal Mail has announced.
UK postal service the Royal Mail announced on Friday that it intends to raise the cost of First and Second Class postage stamps by one penny from 30 March 2015.
The Royal Mail launched five different images for its first and second class and airmail stamps, which go on sale today.