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From Old English lætra, comparative form of læt ("late").
latter (not comparable)
- Relating to or being the second of two items.
- 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It's a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)
- On sale next to dried fish and chicken feet were rats and bats (the latter's wings in a pile like leather scraps, also for sale), plus cut-up pigs and monkeys, their faces intact.
- Isaac Watts
- (Can we date this quote?) the difference between reason and revelation, and in what sense the latter is superior
- Near (or nearer) to the end.
- In the past, but close (or closer) to the present time.
- 1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
- Hath not navigation discovered in these latter ages, whole nations at the bay of Soldania [...]?
relating to or being the second of two items
near (or nearer) to the end
close (or closer) to the present time
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- (Jersey) to beat, spank, cane
From Old Norse hlátr
latter m (definite singular latteren) (uncountable)
en god latter - a good laugh