third class

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third class

Accommodations, as on a ship or train, that are of the third and usually lowest order of luxury and price.

third′-class′ adj.
third′ class′ adv.

third class

1. the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
adj (third-class when prenominal)
2. of the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
3. (Commerce) of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel, on a ship, etc, next in quality and price to the second: usually the cheapest
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US and Canada) of or relating to a class of mail consisting largely of unsealed printed matter
5. (Education) Brit See third8
6. by third-class mail, transport, etc

third′ class′

1. the class, grade, or rank immediately below the second.
2. the least costly class of accommodations, as on trains. Compare tourist class.
3. (in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of merchandise weighing up to 16 ounces, and printed material not sealed against postal inspection.


of the lowest class or quality; inferior.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.third class - mail consisting of printed matter qualifying for reduced postal rates
mail - the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
junk mail - third-class mail consisting of advertising and often addressed to `resident' or `occupant'
2.third class - inexpensive accommodations on a ship or trainthird class - inexpensive accommodations on a ship or train
accommodation - living quarters provided for public convenience; "overnight accommodations are available"
References in classic literature ?
There remains but the third class, the superstitious.
A third class within this category is that of affective qualities and affections.
Some were able-bodied, but inexpert; others were expert, but lazy; while a third class were expert and willing, but totally worn out, being broken-down veterans, incapable of toil.