Definition of lats

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of lat


\ ˈläts How to pronounce lats (audio) \
plural lati\ ˈlä-​tē How to pronounce lats (audio) \ or latu\ ˈlä-​tü How to pronounce lats (audio) \

Definition of lats (Entry 2 of 2)

: the basic monetary unit of Latvia until 2014

Examples of lats in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pulling movements, such as a bent-over row, work the back of your body, like your latissimus dorsi (known simply as your lats, which extend from your armpit to your lower back) and your rhomboids, or your upper back muscles. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "This Upper Body Workout Will Target Your Shoulders, Back, and Chest," 2 Jan. 2021 Just focus on contracting the lats (that's that cushy muscle behind your armpit) on each rep. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Not Sure How to Build Strength with Dumbbells? This Workout's Got You Covered," 7 Dec. 2020 Continually pressing your upper body into the floor—particularly your lats—and squeezing your glutes will help your hips stay elevated. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The One Lower-Body Exercise From Blake Lively’s Trainer You Should Add to Your Routine," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lats


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lats


Latvian (nominative plural lati, genitive plural latu), from Latvija Latvia

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“Lats.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of lats

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of lat

Medical Definition of LATS (Entry 2 of 2)

long-acting thyroid stimulator

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