Meaning of “latest” in the English Dictionary

"latest" in British English

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latestadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈleɪ.tɪst/ us /ˈleɪ.t̬ɪst/

A2 newest or most recent or modern:

Have you seen her latest movie?
the latest fashions

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  • Charity organizations have chastised the government for not doing enough to prevent the latest famine in Africa.
  • This latest statement from the White House clashes with important aspects of US foreign policy.
  • His latest film is described as a 'romantic comedy'.
  • We enclose a copy of our latest brochure, with our compliments.
  • He's always crowing about his latest triumph.


uk /ˈleɪ.tɪst/ us /ˈleɪ.t̬ɪst/
the latest

the most recent news or technical development:

Have you heard the latest (= the most recent news) about Jilly and Patrick - they're getting a divorce.
This machine is the latest in LED technology.
at the (very) latest

C2 used to emphasize that something must happen or be done before a stated time or day:

I have to get this finished by Friday at the latest.

(Definition of “latest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"latest" in American English

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latestadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈleɪ·t̬ɪst/

newest, most recent, or most modern:

Did you see her latest movie?

latestnoun [ U ]

us /ˈleɪt̬·əst/

the most recent news:

Have you heard the latest about Celine and Michael?

(Definition of “latest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)