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

  • adj. Of secondary status: second-class issues.
  • adj. Of or relating to travel accommodations ranking next below the highest or first class.
  • adj. Of or relating to a class of U.S. and Canadian mail consisting of newspapers and periodicals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inferior in quality or standing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the rank or degree below the best or highest; inferior; second-rate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to the class next after the first: specifically noting railway-carriages, steamer accommodations, and the like: as, second-class passengers; a second-class ticket.
  • Inferior, in any sense: as, a second-class hotel.

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

  • adj. of inferior status or quality
  • n. not the highest rank in a classification
  • n. not the highest quality in a classification
  • adv. by second class conveyance
  • n. a class of accommodations on a ship or train or plane that are less expensive than first class accommodations


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