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second-class

[sek-uh nd-klas, -klahs] /ˈsɛk əndˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
adjective
1.
of a secondary class or quality.
2.
second-rate; inferior.
adverb
3.
by second-class mail or passenger accommodations:
to travel second-class.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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Word Origin and History for secondclass

second-class

adj.

1833, from noun phrase (1810), from second (adj.) + class (n.). Phrase second-class citizen is recorded from 1942.

The Negro recognizes that he is a second-class citizen and that status is fraught with violent potentialities, particularly today when he is living up to the full responsibilities of citizenship on the field of battle. [Louis E. Martin, "To Be or Not to Be a Liberal," in "The Crisis," September 1942]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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