Definition of latter adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlætə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlætər//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1  used to refer to the second of two things or people mentioned He chose the latter option. The latter point is the most important.
  2. 2nearer to the end of a period of time than the beginning the latter half of the year during the latter stages of the tournament The latter half of the twentieth century saw huge growth in air travel.
  3. 3recent In latter years, the population has grown a lot here.
  4. compare former
    Word OriginOld English lætra ‘slower’, comparative of læt, of Germanic origin; related to German lass, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin lassus ‘weary’ and let.