second-class

second-class
second-class ˈsecond-class adjective [only before a noun]
1. second-class mail is cheaper to send than first-class mail because it takes slightly longer to be delivered:

• We aim to deliver 96% of second-class letters by the third working day after collection.

• asecond-class stamp

2. TRAVEL second-class travel, fares etc are cheaper than first-class ones because they do not offer such a comfortable journey:

• a second-class ticket

— second class adverb :

• Only copy documents should be sent second class.

• Passengers travelling second class can buy two sleeper tickets for the price of one.

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Ⅰ.
second-class UK US (also second class) /ˌsekəndˈklɑːs/ adjective
TRANSPORT relating to the normal level of service offered, especially on a train: »

She was sitting in one of the second-class compartments.

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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

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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.

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It is appalling that older people are treated as second-class citizens.

Compare FIRST CLASS(Cf. ↑first class), BUSINESS CLASS(Cf. ↑business class), ECONOMY CLASS(Cf. ↑economy class)
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second-class UK US (also second class) adverb
TRANSPORT using the normal level of service offered: »

She shops around for bargains and travels second class.

COMMUNICATIONS using the slower, less expensive service for sending mail: »

The parcel was sent second class.

Compare FIRST CLASS(Cf. ↑first class)
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second-class UK US (also second class) noun [U]
TRANSPORT the normal seats, service, etc., especially on a train: »

He was sitting in second class.

COMMUNICATIONS the slower, less expensive service for sending mail: »

We use second class for this type of mailing.

Compare FIRST CLASS(Cf. ↑first class)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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