Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “secondary”

secondary

adjective uk   /ˈsek.ən.dri/ us    /-der.i/

secondary adjective (EDUCATION)

B1 [before noun] relating to the education of children approximately between the ages of 11 and 18 years old: secondary education Marcus has just started at secondary school.

secondary adjective (LESS IMPORTANT)

less important than related things: Her health is what matters - the cost of the treatment is of secondary importance. The need for secrecy is secondary to the need to take immediate action.

secondary adjective (COMING AFTER)

developing from something similar that existed earlier: The drug is not very effective against AIDS, though it may be used to treat secondary viral infections. You can't just rely on secondary sources for your research into her life history - you ought to look at primary sources such as her letters and diaries.
secondarily
adverb uk   /ˌsek.ənˈdeə.rɪ.li/ us    /-ˈder.ɪ-/
(Definition of secondary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of secondary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “secondary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

spoonula noun

October 13, 2014
a cooking implement that is a combination of a spoon and a spatula Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook on low-medium, scraping and folding the mixture with a silicone spoonula (I love this one).

Read More