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



BrE BrE//ˈlætə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlætər//
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 the latter (pl. the latter) the second of two things or people mentioned He presented two solutions. The latter seems much better. The town has a concert hall and two theatres. The latter were both built in the 1950s. 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.