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English definition of “second-class”

second-class

adjective (also second class)
 
 
/ˌsekəndˈklɑːs/
TRANSPORT relating to the normal level of service offered, especially on a train: She was sitting in one of the second-class compartments. second-class fares/tickets/travel
COMMUNICATIONS in the UK, relating to a less expensive service for sending mail which is slower than first-class: a second-class delivery/letter/stamp second-class post/mail
COMMUNICATIONS in the US, relating to the mail service used for sending magazines and newspapers
used to describe a degree from a UK university that is good but not of the highest possible standard: The successful candidate must have a first or second class honours degree.
considered less important or of a lower quality than something or someone else: Vocational education does not in any way mean second-class education. It is appalling that older people are treated as second-class citizens.
→ Compare first class, business class, economy class
(Definition of second-class adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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