[ lat-n ]

  1. a brasslike alloy commonly made in thin sheets and formerly much used for church utensils.

  2. tin plate.

  1. 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

Words Nearby latten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use latten in a sentence

  • latten, the term given to thin sheets of brass, was formerly applied to sheets of tinned iron.

    Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
  • The High Tomb, which is without effigy or inscription, has numerous panels formerly adorned with latten shields.

    Warwickshire | Clive Holland
  • John William, for passing off rings of latten as rings of gold—pillory.

    London | Walter Besant
  • There are spoons of every kind made in all metals, some of the earlier examples being of brass and latten.

    Chats on Household Curios | Fred W. Burgess
  • The brass or latten brass was formerly used chiefly for making church utensils.

British Dictionary definitions for latten


/ (ˈlætən) /

  1. metal or alloy, esp brass, made in thin sheets

Origin of latten

C14: from Old French laton, of unknown origin

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