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plural noun Informal.
  1. latissimus dorsi muscles.
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Origin of lats

by shortening


noun, plural lats, la·ti [lah-tee] /ˈlɑ ti/.
  1. a former silver coin of Latvia, equal to 100 santimi.
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Origin of lat1

1920–25; < Latvian lats, equivalent to Lat(vija) Latvia + -s nominative singular noun ending


noun Informal.
  1. latissimus dorsi.
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Origin of lat2

by shortening


noun Architecture.
  1. (in India) a monolithic stamba.
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Origin of lât

First recorded in 1790–1800, lât is from the Hindi word lāṭ, lāṭh
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Examples from the Web for lats

Historical Examples

  • The waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean, to the north of lats.

    The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2

    Roald Amundsen

  • Lats, Larner gleaned, were a common farm animal similar to the bovine species on earth, only more wooly.

  • This was especially true in the farming districts, where whole herds of lats had been wiped out.

  • I know,” shouted Max; “lat-poison, like they put down at the tables to kill the lats.

British Dictionary definitions for lats


noun plural lati (ˈlætiː)
  1. the standard monetary unit of Latvia, divided into 100 santimi
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lats in Medicine


  1. long-acting thyroid stimulator
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