a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek meaning “worship” (idolatry); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (bardolatry).
indicating worship of or excessive veneration of: idolatry, Mariolatry
word-forming element meaning “worship of,” used as an element in native formations from 19c. (e.g. bardolatry), from Greek -latreia “worship, service paid to the gods, hired labor,” related to latron (n.) “pay, hire,” latris “servant, worshipper,” from PIE *le- “to get” (see larceny).
[lats] /læts/ plural noun, Informal. 1. latissimus dorsi muscles. [laht] /lɑt/ noun, plural lats, lati [lah-tee] /ˈlɑ ti/ (Show IPA) 1. a former silver coin of Latvia, equal to 100 santimi. [lat] /læt/ noun, Informal. 1. . [laht] /lɑt/ noun, Architecture. 1. (in India) a monolithic stamba. /læts/ noun (pl) lati (ˈlætiː) 1. the standard […]
[lah-tey] /ˈlɑ teɪ/ noun 1. hot espresso with steamed milk, usually topped with foamed milk. /ˈlæteɪ; ˈlɑːteɪ/ noun 1. coffee made with hot milk n. by 1990, espresso coffee with milk, short for caffè latte, from Italian, literally “milk coffee” (see cafe au lait).
- Latte factor
noun in economics, a phenomenon whereby many small purchases add up to a significant expenditure over time Examples You may have heard of the “latte factor,” which states that by skipping the daily stop for a $3 coffee, you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars, a year. Word Origin 1999; fr. book “The Automatic […]
[lat-n] /ˈlæt n/ noun 1. a brasslike alloy commonly made in thin sheets and formerly much used for church utensils. 2. tin plate. 3. any metal in thin sheets. /ˈlætən/ noun 1. metal or alloy, esp brass, made in thin sheets