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second class

adjective (also second-class) uk   us  

second class adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

less important than other people: Women are still treated as second class citizens.

second class adjective (QUALIFICATION)

a degree from a university in the UK and some other countries that is a good degree but not the best possible

second class adjective (LESS EXPENSIVE)

relating to the less expensive way of travelling in a train, aircraft, etc., that most people use: a second-class carriage/ticket UK Second-class post is less expensive and sent less quickly than first-class: second-class mail/postage How much is a second-class stamp?

second class

adverb uk   us  
If you travel second class in a train, aircraft, etc., you use the less expensive type of ticket that most people use: We always travel second class. UK If you send something second class, you send it using the less expensive type of post: How much less would it cost to send it second class?

second class

noun [U] uk   us  
the seats on a plane or in a train that are less good and less expensive than first class : Second class is at the rear of the train. UK a less expensive and slower type of post than first class : How much does it cost for second class?
Translations of “second class”
in Chinese (Traditional) (飛機或火車的)二等座位, 二類郵件…
in Chinese (Simplified) (飞机或火车的)二等座位, 二类邮件…
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