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Definition of "second-best" [second-best]

  • Next to the best; of second quality; best except one.

The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)

Use "second-best" in a sentence
  • "But the consequence was that the so-called second-best advocate in Rome, his cordial greeting dead on his lips, was left staring at the retreating back of the so-called best with such an intensity of loathing I was surprised Hortensius did not start rubbing at the skin between his shoulder blades."
  • "It was Indiana's second-best scoring effort of the season, behind its NBA season-high, 144-point outburst Nov. 9 against Denver."
  • "But should the best way be blocked, while the enemy draws nearer, then someone will need to find the second-best way."