lat·ter / ˈlatər/ • adj. [attrib.] 1. situated or occurring nearer to the end of something than to the beginning: the latter half of 1989. ∎ belonging to the final stages of something, esp. of a person's life: heart disease dogged his latter years. ∎ recent: the project had low cash flows in its latter years.2. (the latter) denoting the second or second mentioned of two people or things: the Russians could advance into either Germany or Austria—they chose the latter option.