from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Brass or an alloy resembling brass, hammered thin and formerly used in the manufacture of church vessels.
  • n. A thin sheet of metal, especially of tin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alloy of copper and tin, similar to bronze, with a sufficient portion of tin to make it a pewter-like color with yellowish tinge (rather than the brownish-gold color of bronze of higher copper content), once used in thin sheets and for domestic utensils and light-duty tools.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of brass hammered into thin sheets, formerly much used for making church utensils, as candlesticks, crosses, etc.; -- called also latten brass.
  • n. Sheet tin; iron plate, covered with tin; also, any metal in thin sheets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mixed metal, made of copper and zinc and not practically distinguishable from brass.
  • n. Same as latten-brass.
  • n. A sheet-iron plate prepared for tinning, and ranging in thickness from. 020 to. 016 of an inch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brass (or a yellow alloy resembling brass) that was hammered into thin sheets; formerly used for church utensils


Middle English laton, from Old French, from Arabic lātūn, probably from Old Turkic altun, gold; akin to Mongolian altan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French laton, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)



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  • tinned iron

    March 26, 2009

  • :-D

    June 1, 2008

  • Ah, this is why mass is traditionally said in Latin.

    May 30, 2008