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Webster 1913 Edition


Latter

Lat′ter

,
Adj.
[OE.
later
,
lætter
, compar. of
lat
late. See
Late
, and cf.
Later
.]
1.
Later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; – opposed to
former
;
as, the former and
latter
rain
.
2.
Of two things, the one mentioned second.
The difference between reason and revelation, and in what sense the
latter
is superior.
I. Watts.
3.
Recent; modern.
Hath not navigation discovered in these
latter
ages, whole nations at the bay of Soldania?
Locke.
4.
Last; latest; final.
[R.]
“My latter gasp.”
Shak.
Latter harvest
,
the last part of the harvest.
Latter spring
,
the last part of the spring of the year.
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Latter

LAT'TER

,
Adj.
[an irregular comparative of late.]
1.
Coming or happening after something else; opposed to former; as the former and latter rain; former or latter harvest.
2.
Mentioned the last of two.
The difference between reason and revelation - and in what sense the latter is superior.
3.
Modern; lately done or past; as in these latter ages.

Definition 2022


latter

latter

See also: łatter

English

Adjective

latter (not comparable)

  1. Relating to or being the second of two items.
    • I. Watts
      the difference between reason and revelation, and in what sense the latter is superior
  2. Near (or nearer) to the end.
  3. Close (or closer) to the present time.
    • John Locke
      Hath not navigation discovered in these latter ages, whole nations at the bay of Soldania?

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Most common English words before 1923: letters · history · master · #590: latter · fellow · hardly · wind

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Norman

Verb

latter

  1. (Jersey) to beat, spank, cane

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse hlátr

Noun

latter m (definite singular latteren) (uncountable)

  1. laughter
  2. laugh
    en god latter - a good laugh

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