Nearby words

  1. ulteriorly,
  2. ultima,
  3. ultima ratio regum,
  4. ultima thule,
  5. ultimacy,
  6. ultimate constituent,
  7. ultimate strength,
  8. ultimately,
  9. ultimatum,
  10. ultimo

Origin of ultimate

1645–55; < Late Latin ultimātus (past participle of ultimāre to come to an end), equivalent to Latin ultim(us) last, most distant (see ultima) + -ātus -ate1

Related formsul·ti·mate·ly, adverbul·ti·mate·ness, nounsub·ul·ti·mate, adjective

Can be confusedparamount ultimatepenultimate last ultimateultimate ultimatum

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Examples from the Web for ultimate

British Dictionary definitions for ultimate



conclusive in a series or process; last; finalan ultimate question
the highest or most significantthe ultimate goal
elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
most extremegenocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
final or totalan ultimate cost of twenty million pounds


the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
Derived Formsultimateness, noun

Word Origin for ultimate

C17: from Late Latin ultimāre to come to an end, from Latin ultimus last, from ulter distant

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Word Origin and History for ultimate



1650s, from Late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare "to be final, come to an end," from ultimus "last, final," superlative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra-). Ultimate Frisbee is attested from 1972.

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