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"second class" in British English

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second classadjective

(also second-class) uk   us  
  • 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 ​seat/​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 adjective (QUALIFICATION)

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

second classadverb

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

second classnoun [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 ​slowertype of ​post than first class: How much does it ​cost for second class?
(Definition of second class from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"second-class" in American English

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second-classadjective [not gradable]

considered to be less ​important or of ​lowerquality than ​others: The ​poor are ​treated as second-class ​citizens.
(Definition of second-class from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"second-class" in Business English

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second-classadjective

(also second class) uk   us   /ˌsekəndˈklɑːs/
TRANSPORT relating to the ​normallevel of ​serviceoffered, 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 ​expensiveservice for ​sendingmail which is ​slower than first-class: a second-class ​delivery/​letter/​stamp second-class ​post/​mail
COMMUNICATIONS in the US, ​relating to the ​mailservice used for ​sendingmagazines and ​newspapers
used to describe a degree from a UK university that is good but not of the ​highest possible ​standard: The ​successfulcandidate must have a first or second ​classhonours degree.
considered less important or of a ​lowerquality 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.

second-classadverb

(also second class) uk   us  
TRANSPORT using the ​normallevel of ​serviceoffered: She ​shops around for ​bargains and travels second ​class.
COMMUNICATIONS using the ​slower, less ​expensiveservice for ​sendingmail: The ​parcel was sent second ​class.
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second-classnoun [U]

(also second class) uk   us  
TRANSPORT the ​normalseats, ​service, etc., especially on a ​train: He was sitting in second ​class.
COMMUNICATIONS the ​slower, less ​expensiveservice for ​sendingmail: We use second ​class for this ​type of ​mailing.
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(Definition of second-class from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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