Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “secondary”

See all translations

secondary

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈsek·ənˌder·i/ us  

secondary adjective [not gradable] (LESS IMPORTANT)

less important than related things: A coach’s first responsibility is to the team – everything else is secondary.

secondary adjective [not gradable] (EDUCATION)

relating to the education of children approximately between the ages of 12 and 18: The secondary curriculum will have to be drastically improved.

secondary adjective [not gradable] (COMING AFTER)

developing from something similar that existed earlier: Someone who’s been treated for cancer can get a secondary tumor 20 years later.
(Definition of secondary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of secondary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “secondary”

Definitions of “secondary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More