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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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Muniyappa, to install cushioned seats in second-class compartments during the latter's visit to Mumbai in October last year.
Postal Service has rescinded a proposed 34% rate hike for second-class, in-county mailers after tremendous outcry from users of that service, notably community newspapers.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 2004, a first-class stamp cost 28p and a second-class stamp was 21p.
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.
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.
The pounds 60 fixed-penalty notices were mistakenly sent out using a box of envelopes pre-printed with second-class stamps.
THE price of a first-class stamp is to increase by 2p to 36p from next April, while second-class stamps will go up by 3p to 27p, the Royal Mail announced today.
More than nine out of 10 first-class letters arrived a day after being posted, while virtually every second-class letter was delivered on time.
John Liechty, the drafter of the plan, said, ``There is a sense that if a child doesn't get into a magnet, all that is left is a second-class education - we've got to change that.
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.
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.
A POSTMAN dumped 14,000 second-class letters and junk mail so he could deliver first-class post on time.
While the first-class service falls to below 70 per cent delivered next day, more than nine out of 10 second-class items are delivered on time in the weeks before Christmas.
POSTAL managers have admitted running out of second-class Christmas stamps - but promise the public there are enough in circulation to go round.