1. brass (or a yellow alloy resembling brass) that was hammered into thin sheets; formerly used for church utensils;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
1. A kind of brass hammered into thin sheets, formerly much
used for making church utensils, as candlesticks, crosses,
etc.; -- called also latten brass.
He had a cross of latoun full of stones. --Chaucer.
2. Sheet tin; iron plate, covered with tin; also, any metal
in thin sheets; as, gold latten.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: brass (or a yellow alloy resembling brass) that was
hammered into thin sheets; formerly used for church