Simple Definition of latter
: coming or happening near the end of a process, activity, series, life, etc.
Full Definition of latter
2 : of, relating to, or being the second of two groups or things or the last of several groups or things referred to <of ham and beef the latter meat is cheaper today> <of ham and beef the latter is cheaper today>
Examples of latter in a sentence
… a fundamental trade-off between capitalist prosperity and economic security. As a nation we have chosen to have less of the former in order to have more of the latter. —David A. Stockman, Newsweek, 28 Apr. 1986
… though her bibliography includes Hecht, Snyder, and Daiches, she omits the latter's first name … —DeLancey Ferguson, Modern Language Notes, February 1957
the latter stages of the process
We'll go in the latter half of the year.
In his latter years he became blind.
Origin of latter
Middle English, from Old English lætra, comparative of læt late
First Known Use: before 12th century
LATTER Defined for Kids
Definition of latter for Students
1 : coming or occurring near the end <We are in the latter stages of the work.>
2 : relating to or being the last thing or person mentioned <Of cake or pie, I'll choose the latter.>
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