last but not least

last but not least

Meaning

  • someone or something that is last in sequence, but not less in importance
  • important, despite being mentioned at the end
  • emphasizing that the item mentioned last in a list is equal in importance to the others
  • as important as other in spite of being listed last

Example Sentences

  1. After the success of his first book, the author thanked his publisher, editor, and, last but not the least, his family.
  2. That is the best restaurant in town because it has terrific food, a lovely ambiance, and, last but not the least, a great staff.
  3. Presenting the final speaker at the conference, the host said "And last but not the least, I would like to call upon Mr Smith to express his views."
  4. Last but not the least, the final participant at the event came on to showcase his skills.
  5. At the end of his speech, he concluded by saying "and last but not the least, I thank you, my audience, for having patiently sat through my speech."
  6. The new mall has some great stores, good places to eat, and, last but not the least, ample parking space.

Origin
The phrase is best known for its use in theatre. The last actor to be introduced was mentioned as being the "last, but the least." Also it was a common practice to introduce the star of the theatre last. The exact origin is uncertain, but the earleast print reference can be found in John Lyly's "Euphues and His England" in 1580.

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I am wondering if this phrase has something to do with Guy De Maupassant and his short stories. Please let me know. Thanks.

- Indranil Bhaumik July 28, 2020

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