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of Last, to endure, contracted from lasteth.
adjective Last
  1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or order of succession; following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the last year of a century; the last man in a line of soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance."Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God." [Neh. viii. 18.]"Fairest of stars, last in the train of night." [Milton.]
  2. Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
  3. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost."Contending for principles of the last importance." [R. Hall.]
  4. Lowest in rank or degree; as, the a last place finish.
  5. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is the last person to be accused of theft."And blunder on in business to the last." [Pope.]
    synonyms: At Last At Length.

Usage: These phrases both denote that some delayed end or result has been reached. At length implies that a long period was spent in so doing; as, after a voyage of more than three months, we at Length arrived safe. At last commonly implies that something has occurred (as interruptions, disappointments, etc.) which leads us to emphasize the idea of having reached the end; as, in spite of every obstacle, we have at last arrived.

Etymology: OE. last latst, contr. of latest, superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt lazt last, D. laatst, G. letzt. See Late, and cf. Latest

adverb Last
  1. At a time or on an occasion which is the latest of all those spoken of or which have occurred; the last time; as, I saw him last in New York.
  2. In conclusion; finally; lastly."Pleased with his idol, he commends, admires, Adores; and, last, the thing adored desires." [Dryden.]
  3. At a time next preceding the present time."How long is't now since last yourself and I Were in a mask ?" [Shak.]

Etymology: See Last (a.)

verb Last
  1. To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence."I] proffered me to be slave in all that she me would ordain while my life lasted." [Testament of Love.]
  2. To endure use, or continue in existence, without impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than that; the fuel will last through the winter.

Etymology: OE. lasten, As. læstan to perform, execute, follow, last, continue, fr. lāst lǣst, trace, footstep, course; akin to G. leisten to perform, Goth. laistjan to follow. See Last mold of the foot

noun Last
A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed.

Etymology: AS. lāst trace, track, footstep; akin to D. leest a last, G. leisten, Sw. läst, Dan. læst, Icel. leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way; from a root signifying, to go. Cf. Last (v. i.) Learn Delirium

verb Last
To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.
noun Last
  1. A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but varying for different articles and in different countries. In England, a last of codfish, white herrings, meal, or ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or eighty bushels, in some parts of England, twenty-one quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty cades, or 20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of wool, twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs.
  2. The burden of a ship; a cargo.

Etymology: As. hlæst, fr. hladan to lade; akin to OHG. hlast, G., D., Dan., & Sw. last: cf. F. laste last, a last, of German or Dutch origin. See Lade

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person's dying act; the final thing a person can do ("he breathed his last")
  2. Holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
  3. The final stage or concluding parts of an event or occurrence ("I had to miss the last of the movie")
  4. A unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels
  5. A unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds
  6. The last or lowest in an ordering or series ("he was the last to leave" and "he finished an inglorious last")
  7. The time at which life ends; continuing until dead ("a struggle to the last")
  8. The temporal end; the concluding time
  9. Continue to live and avoid dying ("how long can a person last without food and water?")
  10. Persist for a specified period of time ("The bad weather lasted for three days")
  11. Occurring at the time of death ("his last words" and "the last rites")
  12. Lowest in rank or importance ("last prize" and "in last place")
  13. Not to be altered or undone ("the arbiter will have the last say")
  14. Occurring at or forming an end or termination ("the last days of the dinosaurs")
  15. Coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining ("the last time I saw Paris", "the last day of the month", "had the last word", "waited until the last minute", "he raised his voice in a last supreme call", "the last game of the season", and "down to his last nickel")
  16. Highest in extent or degree ("to the last measure of human endurance" and "whether they were accomplices in the last degree or a lesser one be determined individually")
  17. Most unlikely or unsuitable ("the last person we would have suspected" and "the last man they would have chosen for the job")
  18. Conclusive in a process or progression ("a last resort")
  19. Immediately past ("last Thursday" and "the last chapter we read")
  20. Most recently ("I saw him last in London")
  21. The item at the end ("last, I'll discuss family values")

From Middle High German last, from Old High German last, hlast, from Proto-Germanic *hlastuz.

  1. load

Notable Persons With the Last Name Last

James Last was a big band composer. James was given the name Hans Last on April 17th, 1929 in Bremen. He passed away on June 9th, 2015.


Jay T. Last is a physicist. Jay was born on October 18th, 1929 in Butler, Pennsylvania.


Nella was born on October 4th, 1889. She died on June 22nd, 1968.


Clifford was born in 1918. He passed away in 1991.


Annie was born on September 7th, 1990 in Bakewell.


Jonathan V. Last is a journalist. Jonathan was born in 1974 in Camden, New Jersey, U.S.


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Ethnicity Last U.S.
  White 92.66% 64.26%
  African American 1.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.45% 16.26%

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People with the last name Last are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Last

  • How Popular is the name Last? As a last name Last was the 15,922nd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Last first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Last is Sunday, May 12th, 1907.
  • How unique is the name Last? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Last. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Last: Your name in reverse order is Tsal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alts. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Last? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,825 people with the last name Last.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Last? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Last as their last name since less than 1 person in 161k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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