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

  • n. Informal A secondary role.
  • n. Informal One who plays a secondary role.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fiddle part in harmony to the first fiddle.
  • n. The person playing second fiddle.
  • n. A sidekick or subordinate, or the role of such a person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secondary role or function
  • n. someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role


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  • The replacement at Pearl Harbor of the Banshee squadron for VF-52 and its F9F-2s was an unhappy surprise for the Panther pilots, who took no delight in the notion they might play second fiddle to the Banshees.

    First Man


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