Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “secondary”

secondary

adjective     /ˈsekəndəri/
less important than related things: a secondary consideration/factor/objective Annual reported earnings are often seen as being of only secondary importance.
PRODUCTION developed from something similar that existed earlier: They are the single largest provider of aluminium and its secondary products.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe the trading of existing bonds, shares, etc. rather than new ones: Mortgage securities were mixed in secondary trading. → Compare primary
(Definition of secondary adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of secondary

Definitions of “secondary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More