Late a. [Compar. Later or latter superl. Latest or Last ]
1. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
2. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
3. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
4. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
5. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.
1. Later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; -- opposed to former; as, the former and latter rain.
2. Of two things, the one mentioned second.
The difference between reason and revelation, and in what sense the latter is superior. --I. Watts.
3. Recent; modern.
Hath not navigation discovered in these latter ages, whole nations at the bay of Soldania? --Locke.
4. Last; latest; final. [R.] “My latter gasp.”
Latter harvest, the last part of the harvest.
Latter spring, the last part of the spring of the year. --Shak.
adj : referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned
(or the last one or ones of several); "in the latter
case" [syn: latter(a)] [ant: former(a)]
n : the second of two or the second mentioned of two; "Tom and
Dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered
today" [ant: former]