Last But Not Least

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last but Not Least’

Last but not least means last in a sequence, but not least in importance. In a long list of people being mentioned or introduced, the last person may be referred to as last but not least. This idiom is also applied to the last in a list of items, ideas, concepts, etc.

Usage

“Last but not least, I want to thank my manager. Without his constant support, I would not be here.”

“And last but not least on our distinguished panel, Dr. Johnston, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University.”

Origin

Used in English since at least the mid-1800’s.

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