- latter-day saint,
- latter-day saints,
- latter-day saints, church of jesus christ of,
Origin of latter
adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
Origin of late
Examples from the Web for latter
That latter fear crossed my mind more than once during the evening.
In both of these latter cases, their eyes show more focus than fun, like tonight is a job.
The former is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the latter by the government of Israel.
The former believed in the role of the state as a provider, while the latter favored an iron fist approach to governance.
The trouble was, he alienated Pope Pius VI and Pius VII—the latter he actually arrested.
The latter would sometimes exclaim, before the agents and the heirs were fairly out of hearing, "I can't understand the thing!"Ursula|Honore de Balzac
Gehenna was created before Paradise; the former on the second day and the latter on the third.
The latter are very much shocked at the want of propriety in the management of the English.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
The latter had been reading a new publication, which she laid down at the voice of the butler announcing a visitor.Newton Forster|Captain Frederick Marryat
In the latter part of winter, my only cow sickened and died, a loss which we seriously felt.Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
- denoting the second or second mentioned of two: distinguished from former
- (as noun; functioning as sing or plural)the latter is not important
- at a late or advanced stage
- too late
Word Origin for late
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.
In addition to the idioms beginning with late
- late in life
- late in the day
- at the latest
- better late than never
- keep late hours
- of late
- the latest
- too little, too late
Also see underlater.