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The definition of third-rate is something that is low in quality.
An old run down hotel that isn't very nice and isn't really as nice as other hotels is an example of accommodations that would be described as third-rate.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- third in quality or other rating; third-class
- inferior; very poor
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Of third quality or value, especially of less quality or value than second-rate.