Meaning of “last but not least” in the English Dictionary

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"last but not least" in British English

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last but not least

B2 importantly, despite being mentioned after everyone else:

I would like to thank my publisher, my editor, and, last but not least, my husband.

(Definition of “last but not least” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"last but not least" in American English

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last but not least

important, despite being mentioned at the end:

I would like to thank my publisher, my editor, and last but not least, my husband for his encouragement during the writing of my book.

(Definition of “last but not least” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)