1. [ adjective ] referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)

"in the latter case"

Related terms: former last_mentioned
2. [ adjective ] more advanced in time or nearer to the end in a sequence
Synonyms: last later

"these latter days" "the latter (or last) part of the book" "latter (or later) part of the 18th century"

Related terms: late
3. [ noun ] the second of two or the second mentioned of two

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

Related terms: former second
Similar spelling:   later