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

  • n. Travel accommodations ranking next below the highest or first class.
  • n. Second-class mail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of second-class.
  • proper n. The second-lowest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, between tenderfoot and first class


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  • During the rest of the year the nuptial Mass may be said at a wedding any day except Sundays and feasts of obligation, doubles of the first and second class and such privileged ferias and octaves as exclude a double.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Think of it: John Mackay, a miner, earning his living with his pick and shovel; Flood & O'Brien, keepers of a second class bar-room in Frisco, where the best drinks could be got for a "bit," the smallest coin in use; Sharon, a teller in a bank; James G.

    Pudd'nhead Wilson (Review)

  • After 6 P.M. Chapel, I remain with some of the lads, the first class of boys, men, and women, every night, and in addition, the second class every other night (not on the nights when I have had them from 7 to 8).

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • But under the influence of excitement he had so far made up for lost time that he got, like Hurrell, a second class in the final classical schools.

    The Life of Froude

  • Parishes of the first and second class have at least one deacon and one parish priest.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • The second class is described as remes, which comes from the root meaning

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Such a concept is too sublime and elevated to be explained on the principles of Naturism; which is utterly unable to account for the second class of terms.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The other four civilian finalists for the second class of astronauts were Thomas E. Edmonds, John M. Fritz, Orville C.

    First Man

  • In the autumn of 1849, he obtained a second class in the school of Literae humaniores, a place that fairly represented his abilities as compared with those of others.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • A second class of critics do not regard the whole of Josephus's testimony concerning Christ as spurious but they maintain the interpolation of parts included above in parenthesis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent


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