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.
Examples of Use
“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.”
“Last but not least, Mr. Rhoads is going to explain about our new college tuition initiative.”
Used in English since at least the mid-1800’s.
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