- the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth's surface, measured on the meridian of the point.
- a place or region as marked by this distance.
Origin of latitude
Synonyms for latitude
Related Words for latitudebreadth, play, run, room, license, space, span, swing, reach, sweep, liberty, laxity, width, range, spread, leeway, extent, compass, indulgence, margin
Examples from the Web for latitude
Contemporary Examples of latitude
The longitude between Queens and the Kremlin gave Channel One some latitude.From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way
September 15, 2014
Or the party might allow an insider some latitude to edge back toward the political center.Will 2016 be for Republicans what 1988 was for Democrats?
April 8, 2013
The license covers half the area of the Golan from the latitude of Katzrin in the north to Tzemach in the south.Israeli-American Company To Drill For Oil In Occupied Golan Heights
Emily L. Hauser
February 22, 2013
The good news is that the “mostly guilty” verdict means that the judge has latitude in considering a sentence.Jury Did the Right Thing in Ravi Case
March 16, 2012
She likes to use "grand words" like latitude and longitude; her biggest fear is to appear "ignorant."Alice, Bratty in Wonderland
February 28, 2010
Historical Examples of latitude
By meridian altitude of sun, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 53 minutes South.
By observation, the camp was in latitude 31 degrees 42 minutes South.
Latitude of camp 26 degrees 42 minutes 43 seconds by Regulus.
Latitude 25 degrees 52 minutes from mean of two observations.
The tracks may be Mr. Giles's, as I cannot think Mr. Gosse could be out in his latitude.
- an angular distance in degrees north or south of the equator (latitude 0°), equal to the angle subtended at the centre of the globe by the meridian between the equator and the point in question
- (often plural)a region considered with regard to its distance from the equatorSee longitude (def. 1)
Word Origin for latitude
late 14c., "breadth," from Old French latitude (13c.) and directly from Latin latitudo "breadth, width, extent, size," from latus "wide," from PIE root *stele- "to spread" (cf. Old Church Slavonic steljo "to spread out," Armenian lain "broad"). Geographical sense also is from late 14c., literally "breadth" of a map of the known world. Figurative sense of "allowable degree of variation" is early 15c. Related: Latitudinal.