a brasslike alloy commonly made in thin sheets and formerly much used for church utensils.
tin plate.
any metal in thin sheets.

Origin of latten

1300–50; Middle English lato(u)n < Middle French laton copper-zinc alloy ≪ Arabic lātūn < Turkic; compare Turkish altιn gold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for latten

Historical Examples of latten

  • Most of these were made of pewter or lead, but some have been found of silver gilt, latten, and tin.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Latten ware was used instead of tin; it was a kind of brass.

  • John William, for passing off rings of latten as rings of gold—pillory.


    Walter Besant

  • The gauntlets are of latten, and still retain the inner leather gloves.

  • The High Tomb, which is without effigy or inscription, has numerous panels formerly adorned with latten shields.


    Clive Holland

British Dictionary definitions for latten



metal or alloy, esp brass, made in thin sheets

Word Origin for latten

C14: from Old French laton, of unknown origin
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