the latter

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the latter

1 : the second one of two things or people that have been mentioned
  • Of these two options, the former is less expensive, while the latter is less risky.
2 : the last thing or person mentioned
  • Of chicken, fish, and meat, I like the latter best.
3 : the thing or person that has just been mentioned
  • The President—or, if the latter is too busy, the Vice President—will see you shortly.

Word by Word Definitions

latter play
  1. : belonging to a subsequent time or period : more recent

  2. : of or relating to the end

  3. : recent, present


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