- 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
Examples from the Web for latitude
The longitude between Queens and the Kremlin gave Channel One some latitude.
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?|David Frum|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The good news is that the “mostly guilty” verdict means that the judge has latitude in considering a sentence.
She likes to use "grand words" like latitude and longitude; her biggest fear is to appear "ignorant."
It is the season of verdure and growth, and frosts are both slight and infrequent in the latitude of San Francisco.Peculiarities of American Cities|Willard Glazier
It is almost essential for any astronomical meridian or latitude.How to Observe in Archaeology|Various
So that, between this latitude and Shoal Ness, in latitude 60°, the coast is entirely unexplored.
My principles have been various, among various men; I had to change them with every change of latitude.Gobseck|Honore de Balzac
Are they thrown out of their latitude by this stratagem, are or they not?The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin and History 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.