the second of two or the second mentioned of two
"Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered today"
referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)
"in the latter case"
relating to or being the second of two items
near (or nearer) to the end
close (or closer) to the present time
later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; -- opposed to former; as, the former and latter rain
of two things, the one mentioned second
last; latest; final
Origin: [OE. later, ltter, compar. of lat late. See Late, and cf. Later.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lat′ėr, adj. later: coming or existing after: mentioned the last of two: modern: recent: (Shak.) last.—adjs. Latt′er-born (Shak.), younger; Latt′er-day, belonging to recent times.—adv. Latt′erly, in latter time: of late.—Latter-day saints (see Mormon); Latter end (see End); Latter-mint, a late kind of mint.—The former and the latter rain (see Rain). [A variant of later.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'latter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1259
The numerical value of latter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of latter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
That rebound should show up in the latter quarters of this year.
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.
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Translations for latter
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- segonCatalan, Valencian
- letzter, letzterer, letztere, zweiterGerman
- ésta, último, éste, esta última, segundo, este últimoSpanish
- későbbi, utóbbiHungarian
- laatste, jongstleden, dichtsbijzijnde, laatstgenoemdeDutch
- sist, sistnevnteNorwegian
- ostatni, późniejszy, końcowyPolish
- последний, второйRussian
- senare, andraSwedish
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