Definition of lates in English:


Pronunciation /ˈleɪtiːz/

See synonyms for lates


  • Any of various, mostly large, perciform fishes constituting the Old World genus Lates (family Latidae); especially the Nile perch, L. niloticus, and the barramundi, L. calcarifer. Also and now usually (in form Lates): the genus itself.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Jardine (1800–1874), naturalist. From scientific Latin Lates, genus name from ancient Greek λάτος Nile perch (goes to Arabic lāṭis); further etymology uncertain (an Ancient Egyptian origin has sometimes been suggested).