from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being a class of mail consisting of merchandise and some printed matter weighing over eight ounces and not sealed against inspection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. A former class of mail consisting mostly of heavier printed matter

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to the class next after the third.


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  • We are being pushed around like we are a fourth-class nation.

    Daring Young Men

  • And Beatrice and Virgil deserves to be severely reviled because this book, which should not have even been permitted even the fourth-class method of self-publication, earned its bumpkin author a six figure sum through indolence and incompetence.

    Why Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil is the Worst Book of the Decade : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

  • But, strategically speaking, he was a fourth-class intellect who may have done lasting damage to the United States.

    Letters to the Editor

  • Teachers here are treated like second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizens.

    Leonie Haimson: What Frank McCourt Could Teach Joel Klein and Arne Duncan

  • Traveling as economically as possible, she carried not only enough food and reading for the trip but also a folding chair and a blanket: fourth-class travelers through Germany were not provided with seating.

    Curie, Marie Sklodowska

  • THE BADTreating "technical award" nominees like fourth-class citizens by lining them up onstage or handing out their awards in the aisle.


  • The Procrustes 'social structure is class-based, with lowly manual laborers (like the Engineer called Smith) being fourth-class citizens, their lives in the hands of the noble captain (a hermaphrodite named Ereshkigal) and her vassals.

    REVIEW: The Space Opera Renaissance edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer

  • There were two reporters present, one representing a Folkestone paper and the other being a fourth-class interviewer and “symposium” journalist, whose expenses down, Filmer, anxious as ever for adequate advertisement — and now quite realising the way in which adequate advertisement may be obtained — had paid.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Christina Barlow had been a cheerleader, a fourth-class cadet in his squadron.

    The Shattered Blue Line

  • I took a long break, reenergizing with some food bars and water, then set off up the fourth-class slabs and snowfields to the summit of South Maroon, which I reached with hoots and smiles at eight-fifteen A.M. An hour later, I was back at the saddle above the Bell Cord, ready to ascend North Maroon Peak.

    127 Hours

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