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Meaning & Definition of Latter in English





1. The second of two or the second mentioned of two

  • "Tom and dick were both heroes but only the latter is remembered today"
  • latter


1. Referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)

  • "In the latter case"
  • latter(a)

Examples of using

There was a time when Christopher Columbus challenged another explorer to a duel. The latter, an underhanded chap, did not take ten steps - as dictated by the rules - but two, then turned around to shoot. Unfortunately for him, Columbus hadn't taken any steps at all.
Practice is as important as theory, but we are apt to value the latter and despise the former.
I prefer Noh to Kabuki, because the former looks more elegant to me than the latter.