- The definition of latter is something that occurs toward the end or something that happens after another event.
- An example of latter is 11:00 PM when the party started at 7:00 PM.
- An example of latter is the second act in a play.
- later; more recent
- nearer the end or close: the latter part of May
- last mentioned of two: often used absolutely (with the): Jack and Bill are twins, but the latter is shorter than the former
Origin of latterMiddle English lattre ; from Old English lættra, comparative of læt: it represents the origin, originally comparative form; later is a new formation
- Being the second of two persons or things mentioned: Regarding captain and major, the latter rank is higher.
- Near or nearer to the end: the latter part of the book.
- Further advanced in time or sequence; later: a style that has been revived in latter times.
The second of two persons or things mentioned.
Origin of latterMiddle English, later, from Old English lætra; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
Old English lætra.
Variant of late
adjectivelater or latter, latest or last
- happening, coming, etc. after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardy; behindhand
- happening, being, continuing, etc. far on in the day, night, year, etc.: the late afternoon, a late party
- happening, being, continuing, etc. toward the end; far advanced in a period, development, etc.: the late Middle Ages
- happening, appearing, etc. just previous to the present time; recent: a late news bulletin
- having been so recently but not now: the late allies
- having recently died
Origin of lateMiddle English ; from Old English læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Dutch laat, German lass, slow, lazy ; from Indo-European an unverified form lēid ; from base an unverified form lēi-, to neglect, let go from source let, Classical Latin lassus, weak
Chiefly Brit. at a late stage; near the end