Definitions for latterˈlæt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lat•terˈlæt ər(adj.)

  1. being the second mentioned of two

    the latter version of the story.

    Ref: (disting. from former) 1 4

  2. more advanced in time; later:

    in these latter days of human progress.

  3. near or comparatively near to the end:

    the latter part of the century.

  4. Obs. last; final.

Origin of latter:

bef. 1000; ME latt(e)re, OE lætra, comp. of lætlate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. latter(adj)

    the second of two or the second mentioned of two

    "Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered today"

  2. latter(a)(adj)

    referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)

    "in the latter case"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. latter(noun)ˈlæt ər

    the last of two things or people mentioned

    If I had to choose between wealth and health, I'd choose the latter.

  2. latter(adjective)ˈlæt ər

    being the last of two things or people mentioned

    Of the two, the latter description is clearer.

  3. latterˈlæt ər

    closer to the end of a period than the beginning

    the latter half of the 20th century


  1. latter(Adjective)

    relating to or being the second of two items

  2. latter(Adjective)

    near (or nearer) to the end

  3. latter(Adjective)

    close (or closer) to the present time

  4. Origin: lætra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latter(adj)

    later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; -- opposed to former; as, the former and latter rain

  2. Latter(adj)

    of two things, the one mentioned second

  3. Latter(adj)

    recent; modern

  4. Latter(adj)

    last; latest; final

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'latter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1259

Anagrams of latter

  1. rattle

  2. tarlet

  3. Tatler

Translations for latter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


towards the end

the latter part of our holiday.

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