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Definition of latest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : last
2 : most recent



Definition of latest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the latest acceptable time usually used in the phrase at the latest
2 : something that is the most recent or currently fashionable the latest in diving techniques

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Examples of latest in a Sentence

Adjective She's interested in all the latest fashions. He is the latest person to announce his resignation. Noun that skirt is the absolute latest!
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First Known Use of latest


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jan 2021

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“Latest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of latest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: most recent



English Language Learners Definition of latest (Entry 2 of 2)

: the last possible or acceptable time

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