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

  • adj. Of third quality or value, especially of less quality or value than second-rate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sailing warship that can be described with the adjective "third-rate"
  • adj. of lesser value or quality than second-rate
  • adj. describing a British ship-of-the-line with 64 to 80 guns divided onto two gun decks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the third rate or order. For the specific naval use, see rate, n., 8.
  • Hence Of a distinctly inferior rank, grade, or quality: as, a third-rate hotel; a third-rate actor.

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

  • adj. of lesser quality than second-rate


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