adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
- latchkey child,
- late blight,
- late bloomer,
- late charge,
- late greek,
- late hebrew
Origin of late
Examples from the Web for late
Are you bi-coastal now, between Portlandia and Late Night with Seth Meyers?
At the moment, the only chance I get is when I go do Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.
As he tried to make his way through a crowd of mourners late last month, he looked preoccupied and even disoriented.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Late former governors of NY, TX starred in a 1994 snack chip ad.
“It is late to-night,” said Harry, now quite calm, though with a hot flush upon his cheek.The Chaplain of the Fleet|Walter Besant and James Rice
And to be sure when a man rises from the dead thus uninvited—your brother was the sole heir of our late master!The Robbers|Friedrich Schiller
But it was too late: the finger had pulled the trigger and the ball sped true.To Leeward|F. Marion Crawford
"I would rather you did not wander on the moor so late at night," Mildred Caniper said.Moor Fires|E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
Well, that is what the affidavit says which I entered late yesterday afternoon.The Great Gold Rush|W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
- at a late or advanced stage
- too late
Word Origin for late
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.
In addition to the idioms beginning with late
- late in life
- late in the day
- at the latest
- better late than never
- keep late hours
- of late
- the latest
- too little, too late
Also see underlater.