Definition of latter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈladər/


1Situated or occurring nearer to the end of something than to the beginning: the latter half of 1989 heart disease dogged his latter years
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  • The real significance was the difference in tone and style between the beginning of his speech and the latter half.
  • Violent times for the poor reigned in the latter half of the last century and into the beginning of this one.
  • Joining in the programme in the latter half, she will talk about her career, her father and her music.
later, closing, end, concluding, final;
latest, most recent
1.1Recent: the project had low cash flows in its latter years
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  • The latter event came closest to threatening the singer's customary composure.
2 (the latter) Denoting the second or second mentioned of two people or things: the Russians could advance into either Germany or Austria—they chose the latter option
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  • I mention the latter because of what we both saw under a tree some distance from us.
  • If dealer does the latter, a second round of bidding occurs in which eldest hand has the right to name the trump suit.
  • To be or not to be - I'm rubbish at the former, and the latter isn't an option.
last-mentioned, second, last, later


Latter means ‘the second-mentioned of two.’ Its use to mean ‘the last-mentioned of three or more’ is common, but is considered incorrect by some because latter means ‘later’ rather than ‘latest.’ Last or last-mentioned is preferred where three or more things are involved. See also former1 (usage).


Old English lætra 'slower,' comparative of læt (see late).

Words that rhyme with latter

attar, batter, bespatter, chatter, clatter, flatter, hatter, Kenyatta, matamata, matter, natter, patter, platter, ratter, regatta, satyr, scatter, shatter, smatter, spatter, splatter, yatter

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Syllabification: lat·ter

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