1. the latest, the most recent news, development, disclosure, etc.: This is the latest in personal computers.
  1. at the latest, not any later than (a specified time): Be at the airport by 7 o'clock at the latest.

Origin of latest

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at late, -est1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for at the latest


adjective, adverb
  1. the superlative of late
  1. most recent, modern, or newthe latest fashions
  1. at the latest no later than the time specified
  2. the latest informal the most recent fashion or development
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Word Origin and History for at the latest



superlative of late. The latest "the news" attested from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with at the latest

at the latest

No later than. For example, We have to be in New York by Monday at the latest. This idiom was first recorded in 1884.

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