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



    BrE BrE//ˈlætɪtjuːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlætɪtuːd//
    The Earth and the atmosphere
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  1. 1(abbreviation lat.) [uncountable] the distance of a place north or south of the equator (= the line around the world dividing north and south), measured in degrees compare longitude Wordfinderclimate, earth, equator, equinox, hemisphere, International Date Line, latitude, map, planet, tropic Wordfindercompass, globe, GPS, grid, key, latitude, map, navigate, reference, scale See related entries: The Earth and the atmosphere
  2. 2latitudes [plural] a region of the world that is a particular distance from the equator the northern latitudes
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) freedom to choose what you do or the way that you do it synonym liberty see also leeway
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin latitudo ‘breadth’, from latus ‘broad’.Extra examples Nowadays, newspapers are allowed considerable latitude in criticizing the government. Some degree of latitude is required in interpreting the law on this point. Their managers enjoy wide latitude to make hiring decisions. These birds only survive in temperate latitudes. This method allows very little latitude for error.
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