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Definition of "second-generation" [second-generation]

  • Of or relating to a person or persons whose parents are immigrants. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a person or persons whose parents are citizens by birth and whose grandparents are immigrants. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or being the second form or version available to users: a second-generation Web browser. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "second-generation" in a sentence
  • "For the UN, the plan was a test case of whether the international organization could adapt to the new realities of the postwar world and implement what are sometimes called second-generation multinational operations."
  • "As part of the post-2008 shake-out, much more research money is now flowing into so-called second-generation biofuels that, unlike ethanol, aren't made from food crops."
  • "Even John Adams, often called a second-generation minimalist, only uses the surfaces of the rhythms and energies of the pioneering minimalist quartet of composers, creating the huge, pumped-up pounding of his opera Nixon in China or his orchestral piece Harmonielehre."