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  1. of late; lately: He has been latterly finding much to keep himself busy.
  2. in a later or subsequent part of a period: Latterly he became a patron of the arts.

Origin of latterly

First recorded in 1725–35; latter + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for latterly

recently, lately, afresh, anew, new, newly

Examples from the Web for latterly

Contemporary Examples of latterly

  • Latterly, some of these women have discovered that the end game of this strategy is not working terribly well for them.

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    Give Up on Mr. Perfect?

    Liesl Schillinger

    February 1, 2010

Historical Examples of latterly

  • I have learned, latterly, that Mr. Marchinton had a great search made for me.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Latterly he had ceased to admire her work as much as before.

  • Jenkin was conscious of this churlishness, and latterly improved.

  • Latterly, however, it would seem that a process of growth had been going on in him.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • He returned to Sicily every year (except one), but latterly went in the spring.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch

    Henry Festing Jones

British Dictionary definitions for latterly


  1. recently; lately
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Word Origin and History for latterly

1734, from latter + -ly (2). Called by Johnson "a low word lately hatched." Related: Lattermost.

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