latten brass
Latten Lat"ten, n. [OE. latoun, laton, OF. laton, F. laiton, prob. fr. OF. late lath, F. latte; -- because made in thin plates; cf. It. latta a sheet of tinned iron, tin plate. F. latte is of German origin. See {Lath} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1. A kind of brass hammered into thin sheets, formerly much used for making church utensils, as candlesticks, crosses, etc.; -- called also {latten brass}. [1913 Webster]

He had a cross of latoun full of stones. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Sheet tin; iron plate, covered with tin; also, any metal in thin sheets; as, gold latten. [1913 Webster]

{Black latten}, brass in milled sheets, composed of copper and zinc, used by braziers, and for drawing into wire.

{Roll latten}, latten polished on both sides ready for use.

{Shaven latten}, a thinner kind than black latten.

{White latten}, a mixture of brass and tin. [1913 Webster]


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  • Latten — Lat ten, n. [OE. latoun, laton, OF. laton, F. laiton, prob. fr. OF. late lath, F. latte; because made in thin plates; cf. It. latta a sheet of tinned iron, tin plate. F. latte is of German origin. See {Lath} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • latten — [lat′ n] n. [ME laton < OFr < Ar lātūn, copper] 1. brass or a brasslike alloy hammered into thin sheets, formerly used for making church vessels 2. any metal, esp. tin, in thin sheets …   English World dictionary

  • Latten — The term Latten refers loosely to copper alloys, much like brass, employed in the Middle Ages and through to the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, for items such as decorative effect on borders, rivets or other details of metalwork… …   Wikipedia

  • latten — noun Etymology: Middle English laton, from Anglo French Date: 14th century a yellow alloy identical to or resembling brass typically hammered into thin sheets and formerly much used for church utensils …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Latten — An alloy somewhat like brass used for adding refinements to suits of armour; also for making ornaments in a church and the ornamental brasses commemorating local worthies …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • latten — [ lat(ə)n] noun historical an alloy of copper and zinc resembling brass, hammered into thin sheets and used to make monumental brasses and church ornaments. Origin ME: from OFr. laton, of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • latten — /ˈlætn/ (say latn) noun 1. a brass like alloy, commonly made in thin sheets, formerly much used for church utensils. 2. → tin plate. 3. any metal in thin sheets. {Middle English latoun, from Old French laton, from latte. See lattice} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Black latten — Latten Lat ten, n. [OE. latoun, laton, OF. laton, F. laiton, prob. fr. OF. late lath, F. latte; because made in thin plates; cf. It. latta a sheet of tinned iron, tin plate. F. latte is of German origin. See {Lath} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roll latten — Latten Lat ten, n. [OE. latoun, laton, OF. laton, F. laiton, prob. fr. OF. late lath, F. latte; because made in thin plates; cf. It. latta a sheet of tinned iron, tin plate. F. latte is of German origin. See {Lath} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shaven latten — Latten Lat ten, n. [OE. latoun, laton, OF. laton, F. laiton, prob. fr. OF. late lath, F. latte; because made in thin plates; cf. It. latta a sheet of tinned iron, tin plate. F. latte is of German origin. See {Lath} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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