[ ley-tist ]
/ ˈleɪ tɪst /

adjective a superl. of late with later as compar.

most recent; current: latest fashions.


the latest, the most recent news, development, disclosure, etc.: This is the latest in personal computers.

Nearby words

  1. lateroflexion,
  2. laterotorsion,
  3. laterotrusion,
  4. lateroversion,
  5. latescent,
  6. latex,
  7. latex agglutination test,
  8. latex paint,
  9. lath,
  10. lathe


    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


[ leyt ]
/ leɪt /

adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.

adverb, lat·er, lat·est.

Origin of late

before 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired

Related formslate·ness, nouno·ver·late, adjectiveo·ver·late·ness, noun

Can be confusedformer later latter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for latest


/ (ˈleɪtɪst) /

adjective, adverb

the superlative of late


most recent, modern, or newthe latest fashions


at the latest no later than the time specified
the latest informal the most recent fashion or development


/ (leɪt) /



Derived Formslateness, noun

Word Origin for late

Old English læt; related to Old Norse latr, Gothic lats


Since late can mean deceased, many people think it is better to avoid using this word to refer to the person who held a post or position before its present holder: the previous (not the late) editor of The Times

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Word Origin and History for latest
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with latest


In addition to the idioms beginning with late

  • late in life
  • late in the day

also see:

  • at the latest
  • better late than never
  • Johnny-come-lately
  • keep late hours
  • of late
  • the latest
  • too little, too late

Also see underlater.

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