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Definition of "secondary" []

  • Of the second rank; not primary. (adjective)
  • Inferior. (adjective)
  • Minor; lesser. (adjective)
  • Derived from what is primary or original: a secondary source; a secondary infection. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or being the shorter flight feathers projecting along the inner edge of a bird's wing. (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 "secondary" in a sentence
  • "Lorrie Norrington, President of eBay Marketplaces, defined what eBay meant by the term secondary market in answering a two-part question from one of the analysts in attendance."
  • "After exactly two decades, Dr Melvyn Kershaw has packed up his rucksack and left the comprehensive whose stewardship has earned him the title secondary school headteacher of the year."
  • "The defense loses five starters, but defensive tackle Jared Crick anchors a strong line, and the secondary is the deepest it's been in years."