Definition of “poor relation” - English Dictionary

british dictionary

“poor relation” in British English

See all translations

poor relation

something or someone similar to but less important than another thing or person, and that people do not consider equally valuable:

The air force and navy were modernized but the army, very much the poor relation, was not.

(Definition of “poor relation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)