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Latter-, Letter-meit(t, n. Also: lattir-, leater- and -meat(e. [Late ME. latter mete (a 1483), f. Latter a. 1 and meit Mete n. food, meal, lit. last or final meal.]

The servants' and inferiors' meal, served after that of the master. Also attrib. a1570-86 Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxix. 137.
I am ay servit at the latter meit And sum vther is placeit in my seit
c 1572 Mar & Kellie MSS. Suppl. 31.
iij burclathes of linneing for the syid burd and lattirmeitt
1600 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 108. 3.
The tumult rais at the end of the latter meit
1600 Crim. Trials II. 157.
Being inquirit gif he, being in cumpany at the latter meit, … said [etc.]
1650 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 587.
Aill at two shillings the pint for secund and letter meats eight quartes
attrib. (1) 1632 Inv. Newark 4 b.
Of lattermeit boordcloathes for daylie service
1651 Buccleuch Mun. II. 290.
Tuelff tin letter meat truncheouris
(2) 1635 Haddington Corr. 302.
In the lettermeitt hous, ane table of aik … four long furmes
1651 Buccleuch Mun. II. 291.
In the letter meat rowme, ane fir pres
1660 Lamont Diary 124.
Johne Paterson … strake throw new doores in the leater-meate roume
1703 Foulis Acc. Bk. 327.
To the glasen wrights put up a glass window in the lettermeat roume
(3) 1604-9 Grahame Anat. Hum. 12.
A courtiers latter-meat break-fast
The stomack of a latter-meate-man

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