From Middle English laten, latun, latoun, from Old French laton, laiton, probably from Frankish *latto, from Proto-Germanic *lattô, *lattō (“plank; ledge”), akin to Old High German latto, latta (“lath; thin plate”). Akin also to Old French late (Modern French latte (“lath”)). More at lath.
- (archaic or historical) An alloy of copper and tin, similar to bronze, with a sufficient portion of tin to make it a pewter-like color with yellowish tinge (rather than the brownish-gold color of bronze of higher copper content), once used in thin sheets and for domestic utensils and light-duty tools.
- Sheet tin; iron plate, covered with tin; also, any metal in thin sheets.
- gold latten
- Plural form of lat