adjective a superl. of late with later as compar.
- latex agglutination test,
- latex paint,
Origin of latest
adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
Origin of late
Examples from the Web for latest
In front of this strange structure are two blank-faced, well-dressed models showing off the latest in European minimalism.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her latest book, Heretic: The Case for a Muslim Reformation, will be published in April by HarperCollins.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Where the U.S. once sought to train several divisions worth, the latest effort is for just 3,000 troops.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The kid from next door drops by and Marvin talks to him about the stunts in his latest film, Death Hunt.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Jacob Cordova, 27, is the latest activist to be jailed for their activities.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That the spring—March, at the latest—is the only season for such a venture there can be no doubt at all.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
Akin to this is fashionably slangy conversation concerning the latest thing in books, magazine articles, trivial plays.A Girl's Student Days and After|Jeannette Marks
The mass of each particle is, according to the latest and finest measurements 1/1845 of that of an atom of hydrogen.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson
It was here he acquired that never-failing interest in the "newest taste and the latest fashion."Seaport in Virginia|Gay Montague Moore
The latest notable effort of mechanical puppet manufacture is exhibited at Boulogne at the present time.
- at a late or advanced stage
- too late
Word Origin for late
superlative of late. The latest "the news" attested from 1886.
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.
In addition to the idioms beginning with late
- late in life
- late in the day
- at the latest
- better late than never
- keep late hours
- of late
- the latest
- too little, too late
Also see underlater.