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1. Of secondary status: second-class issues.
2. Of or relating to travel accommodations ranking next below the highest or first class.
3. Considered or treated as inferior in status, rights, or privileges in comparison with some others: second-class citizens.

sec′ond class′ adv.

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:
Adj.1.second-class - of inferior status or quality; "a second-class citizen"; "second-class accommodations"
inferior - of low or inferior quality


1. inferior, lesser, second-best, unimportant, second-rate, low-class Too many airlines treat our children as second-class citizens.
2. mediocre, second-rate, mean, middling, ordinary, inferior, indifferent, commonplace, insignificant, so-so (informal), outclassed, uninspiring, undistinguished, uninspired, bog-standard (Brit. & Irish slang), no great shakes (informal), déclassé, half-pie (N.Z. informal), fair to middling (informal) a second-class education




A. ADJ [compartment, carriage] → de segunda clase
second-class citizenciudadano/a m/f de segunda clase
second-class degree (Univ) → licenciatura f con media de notable
second-class hotelhotel m de segunda
second-class mail, second-class postcorreo m de segunda clase
a second-class return to London (Rail) → un billete de ida y vuelta a Londres en segunda
second-class seat (Rail) → asiento m de or en segunda
second-class stampsello m para correo ordinario
second-class ticketbillete m de segunda clase
to send sth second-classenviar algo por segunda clase
to travel second-classviajar en segunda


1. adj
a. (mail) → ordinario/a; (ticket, carriage) → di seconda classe
b. (pej) (goods, quality) → scadente
2. adv to send sth second-classspedire qc per posta ordinaria
to travel second-class → viaggiare in seconda classe


(ˈsekənd) adjective
1. next after, or following, the first in time, place etc. February is the second month of the year; She finished the race in second place.
2. additional or extra. a second house in the country.
3. lesser in importance, quality etc. She's a member of the school's second swimming team.
next after the first. He came second in the race.
1. a second person, thing etc. You're the second to arrive.
2. a person who supports and helps a person who is fighting in a boxing match etc.
to agree with (something said by a previous speaker), especially to do so formally. He proposed the motion and I seconded it.
ˈsecondary adjective
1. coming after, and at a more advanced level than, primary. secondary education.
2. lesser in importance. a matter of secondary importance.
nounplural ˈsecondaries
a secondary school.
ˈseconder noun
a person who seconds.
ˈsecondly adverb
in the second place. I have two reasons for not buying the house – firstly, it's too big, and secondly it's too far from town.
secondary colours
colours got by mixing primary colours. Orange and purple are secondary colours.
secondary school
a school where subjects are taught at a more advanced level than at primary school.
ˌsecond-ˈbest noun, adjective
next after the best; not the best. She wore her second-best hat; I want your best work – your second-best is not good enough.
ˌsecond-ˈclass adjective
1. of or in the class next after or below the first; not of the very best quality. a second-class restaurant; He gained a second-class honours degree in French.
2. (for) travelling in a part of a train etc that is not as comfortable or luxurious as some other part. a second-class passenger; His ticket is second-class; (also adverb) I'll be travelling second-class.
ˌsecond-ˈhand adjective
previously used by someone else. second-hand clothes.
second lieutenant
a person of the rank below lieutenant. Second Lieutenant Jones.
ˌsecond-ˈrate adjective
inferior. The play was pretty second-rate.
second sight
the power of seeing into the future or into other mysteries. They asked a woman with second sight where the dead body was.
second thoughts
a change of opinion, decision etc. I'm having second thoughts about selling the piano.
at second hand
through or from another person. I heard the news at second hand.
come off second best
to be the loser in a struggle. That cat always comes off second best in a fight.
every second week/month etc
(on or during) alternate weeks, months etc. He comes in every second day.
second to none
better than every other of the same type. As a portrait painter, he is second to none.


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References in classic literature ?
The dailies actually printed in Munich are all called second-class by the public.
In nearly all the second-class prefectures of France there exists one salon which is the meeting-ground of those considerable and well- considered persons of the community who are, nevertheless, NOT the cream of the best society.
The Rangoon had a large quota of passengers, many of whom disembarked at Singapore, among them a number of Indians, Ceylonese, Chinamen, Malays, and Portuguese, mostly second-class travellers.
I'm sure, if I had HIS imperial, I could pick and choose among all the second-class heiresses in town.
I took these sketches in the second-class schoolroom of Mdlle.
Father Victor, good man, took him to the station, put him into an empty second-class next to Colonel Creighton's first, and bade him farewell with genuine feeling.
We went to the railroad depot, toward evening, and Ferguson got tickets for a second-class carriage.
She proposed that he should meet her in the second-class waiting-room at Victoria Station.
The man will go second-class, and will take a return-ticket.
Munt, though she took a second-class ticket, was put by the guard into a first (only two seconds on the train, one smoking and the other babies--one cannot be expected to travel with babies); and that Margaret, on her return to Wickham Place, was confronted with the following telegram:
The man he dreaded was the officer he had known in old days; there were ever so many of him at the Front; and it was to minimize this risk that we went out second-class at the beginning of February.