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second class

1. (Describing) travel seating and accommodation that is considered slightly inferior to the highest level (first class). Hyphenated if used before a noun. I always fly second class because it saves a huge amount of money. Even though I booked for first class, they only had second-class seats available.
2. Deemed to be less important or deserving of fair treatment than others. inferior to the highest level (first class). Hyphenated if used before a noun. We live in this neighborhood, too, and we should be allowed to voice our opinions, instead of being treated like second-class citizens! Voters from the region are urging leaders not to treat them like they are second class any longer.
See also: class, second

second class

1. Inferior; see second best.
2. Travel accommodations ranking below the highest or first class, as in Traveling second class on European trains is not only cheaper but gives you more contact with local people . [c. 1840]
3. In the United States and Canada, a category of mail consisting of periodicals and newspapers. [c. 1870]
4. second-class citizen. An individual regarded or treated as inferior to others in status or rights, an underprivileged person. For example, In many countries women still are considered second-class citizens. This term uses second class in the sense of "inferior." [c. 1940]
See also: class, second
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The Royal Mail is also proposing to allow heavier parcels to be posted second-class, with an added option of receiving a signature on delivery.
The staggering delay was uncovered weeks before the price of a second-class stamp is set to rise from 36p to as much as 55p, And a cap on first-class stamps will be removed this week, meaning they could rise from 46p to more than 60p.
Yet next month a second-class stamp is set to rise from 36p to as much as 55p.
The note to mail centre and delivery office bosses said: "Second-class traffic posted Friday and Saturday will be processed with first-class sent Saturday."
LINDA SAYS: People still tend to see women who sleep with married men as second-class women, let alone second-class citizens - and married men who sleep with them are people.
while a standard second-class franked letter will rise 2p from 22p to 24p, increasing the discount for second-class franked mail discount from 2p to 3p.
Postal Service has rescinded a proposed 34% rate hike for second-class, in-county mailers after tremendous outcry from users of that service, notably community newspapers.
In second-class mail, the largest circulation magazines, heavy with advertising, will face about a 10 percent increase.
In 2004, a first-class stamp cost 28p and a second-class stamp was 21p.
Why do postal workers have to sort out a bag of letters putting first-class stamped ones to deliver tomorrow in one box and second-class stamped in another box to hang on to for an extra day or two before they get in the delivery bag, This is absolute lunacy.
BRIAN Laws faces a rap after blasting the FA for treating Football League clubs like "second-class citizens".
It said: "First-class is sorted before we handle second-class mail."
POSTAL managers have admitted running out of second-class Christmas stamps - but promise the public there are enough in circulation to go round.
The cost of sending a letter by second-class post could jump by more than half from next April under changes outlined by regulators yesterday.
BLUNDERING cops have had to cancel 500 speed camera fines after penalty notices were sent out by second-class post.