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third-class

[thurd-klas, -klahs] /ˈθɜrdˈklæs, -ˈklɑs/
adjective
1.
of the lowest or poorest class or quality; inferior.
2.
least costly and luxurious:
a third-class coach.
adverb
3.
by third-class mail or passenger accommodations:
to travel third-class.
Origin of third-class
1830-1840
1830-40

third class

noun
1.
the class, grade, or rank immediately below the second.
2.
the least costly class of accommodations on trains, in hotels, etc.
Compare tourist class.
3.
(in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of merchandise weighing up to 16 ounces, and written or printed material, as books, manuscripts, or circulars, not sealed against postal inspection.
4.
the lowest of three honors degrees conferred by a British university.
Origin
1835-45
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Examples from the Web for third-class
Historical Examples
  • In accordance with his principles of economy, he took a third-class ticket at Basle.

    Bohemian Days Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • I wish it was as easy to put a stop to his leaning to third-class company.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • As if any anarchist alive would travel first-class in third-class clothes!

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • It was, then, in a third-class compartment of the train that I met the three.

    A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The freight is variegated, and the third-class passengers are a motley crowd.

  • They were forming in a long line now before the third-class gang-plank.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Second- and third-class coaches are provided with cushioned seats at the side of the car.

  • Prominent among these was the Knigsberg, a third-class cruiser.

  • Sitting there in the third-class carriage, he became happy again.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Near an opening at the rail of the ship some of the third-class luggage had been left.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for third-class

third class

noun
1.
the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
adjective (third-class when prenominal)
2.
of the class or grade next in value, quality, etc, to the second
3.
of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel, on a ship, etc, next in quality and price to the second: usually the cheapest
4.
(in the US and Canada) of or relating to a class of mail consisting largely of unsealed printed matter
5.
(Brit) See third (sense 8)
adverb
6.
by third-class mail, transport, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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