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.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
An honourable public and a dishonourable dictator cannot live together; at the end, the latter goes!
Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.
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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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