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Meaning & Definition of Secondary in English

English

Secondary

/sɛkəndɛri/

noun

1. The defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

    synonym:
  • secondary

2. Coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil

    synonym:
  • secondary coil
  • ,
  • secondary winding
  • ,
  • secondary

adjective

1. Being of second rank or importance or value

  • Not direct or immediate
  • "The stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"
  • "A secondary source"
  • "A secondary issue"
  • "Secondary streams"
    synonym:
  • secondary

2. Inferior in rank or status

  • "The junior faculty"
  • "A lowly corporal"
  • "Petty officialdom"
  • "A subordinate functionary"
    synonym:
  • junior-grade
  • ,
  • lower-ranking
  • ,
  • lowly
  • ,
  • petty(a)
  • ,
  • secondary
  • ,
  • subaltern

3. Depending on or incidental to what is original or primary

  • "A secondary infection"
    synonym:
  • secondary

4. Not of major importance

  • "Played a secondary role in world events"
    synonym:
  • secondary

5. Belonging to a lower class or rank

    synonym:
  • secondary

Examples of using

This problem is only of secondary importance.
In my secondary school days, I was much impressed by how my hospitalised grandfather would often tell the nurses there, "Thank you, I appreciate your help."