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Lat, adj. Also: latt(e. [ME. (north. and midl.) lat(t slow, tardy, early lat also let, OE. læt slow, tardy, late. In the following uses this form appears to occur only in Sc. (but in some instances perh. merely as a spelling variant of Late).] Late, in various senses of Late adj.(1) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 265.
He bad thame … twrne to hym, thocht it lat ware
Ib. xxix. 2.
Lat penance is rycht perolouse
Ib. xxxviii. 77. a1568 Bann. MS. 257 b/43.
Had I wist was me to latt [: infortunate]
(2) 1375 Barb. vii. 236.
It wes weill lat of nycht be then
a1400 Leg. S. xxiii. 401.
Ȝystyrday To this towne come he rydand lat, & I fore rednes fled my gat
1494 Loutfut MS. 112 a.
With the risand sone at the lattast
1691 Strathblane Par. 334.
It was lat in the night
 (3) 1638 Inverness Rec. II. 175.
Alexander Patersone, lat baillie of this brucht
1651 Lanark B. Rec. 147.
The seate … to be keipit for the use of the lat bayllies
1697 Musselburgh 116.
That the clerk place is now vacant be the deceas of Robert Litster, ther lat clerk
1691 Strathblane Par. 334.
Mr Wm Camron latt currat at Greinok
(4) 1566 Cal. Sc. P. II. 318.
As concerning this latte accident so odwus and detestable
1573 Sat. P. xl. 210.
Of lat ȝeiris … How mony piteously was put to pyne
(5) 1567 Cal. Sc. P. II. 390.
How I am changytt of latte frome my privatte state to ane publict charge

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