second-class

second-class
1) ADJ: ADJ n If someone treats you as a second-class citizen, they treat you as if you are less valuable and less important than other people.

Too many airlines treat our children as second-class citizens.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe something as second-class, you mean that it is of poor quality.

I am not prepared to see children in some parts of this country having to settle for a second-class education.

Syn:
second-rate, mediocre
3) ADJ: ADJ n The second-class accommodation on a train or ship is the ordinary accommodation, which is cheaper and less comfortable than the first-class accommodation.

He sat in the corner of a second-class carriage...

Seven second-class passengers prepared to disembark.

...a second-class ticket.

ADV: ADV after v
Second class is also an adverb.

I recently travelled second class from Pisa to Ventimiglia.

N-UNCOUNT
Second-class is second-class accommodation on a train or ship.

In second class the fare is ₤85 one-way.

4) ADJ: ADJ n In Britain, second-class postage is the slower and cheaper type of postage. In the United States, second-class postage is the type of postage that is used for sending newspapers and magazines.

...a second-class stamp.

...second class letters.

ADV: ADV after v
Second class is also an adverb.

They're going to send it second class.

5) ADJ: ADJ n In Britain, a second-class degree is a good university degree, but not as good as a first-class degree.

A second-class honours degree is the minimum requirement.


English dictionary. 2008.

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