from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being the second of two persons or things mentioned: Between captain and major, the latter is the higher rank. See Usage Note at former2.
- adj. Near or nearer to the end: the latter part of the book.
- adj. Further advanced in time or sequence; later: a style that has been revived in latter times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. relating to or being the second of two items
- adj. near (or nearer) to the end
- adj. close (or closer) to the present time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; -- opposed to
- adj. Of two things, the one mentioned second.
- adj. Recent; modern.
- adj. Last; latest; final.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Later; more advanced or more recent; nearer to the close or to the present time: as, the latter part of the day, or of one's life; in these latter days.
- Coming after another person or thing in consideration or relation; being the second of two or of a dual division in order of existence or of mention: opposed to former: as, I prefer the latter proposition to the former.
- Last; latest; final.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)
- n. the second of two or the second mentioned of two
Middle English, later, from Old English lætra; see lē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English lætra. (Wiktionary)