Meaning of SECONDARY in English


/ ˈsekəndri; NAmE -deri/ adjective


secondary (to sth) less important than sth else :

That is just a secondary consideration .

Experience is what matters—age is of secondary importance .

Raising animals was only secondary to other forms of farming.


happening as a result of sth else :

a secondary infection

a secondary effect

a secondary colour (= made from mixing two primary colours)


[ only before noun ] connected with teaching children of 11-18 years :

secondary teachers

the secondary curriculum

—compare elementary , primary , tertiary

►  sec·ond·ar·ily / ˈsekəndrəli; NAmE ˌsekənˈderəli/ adverb :

Their clothing is primarily functional and only secondarily decorative.



late Middle English : from Latin secundarius of the second quality or class, from secundus following, second, from the base of sequi follow.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.