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adjective a superl. of late with later as compar.
  1. most recent; current: latest fashions.
  2. last1.
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  1. the latest, the most recent news, development, disclosure, etc.: This is the latest in personal computers.
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  1. at the latest, not any later than (a specified time): Be at the airport by 7 o'clock at the latest.
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Origin of latest

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at late, -est1
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enthusiasm, mania, passion, furor, comment, word, advice, speech, scandal, news, rumor, announcement, leak, discovery, epiphany, tone, look, form, trend, pattern

British Dictionary definitions for latests


adjective, adverb
  1. the superlative of late
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  1. most recent, modern, or newthe latest fashions
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  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 latests



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

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