adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
Origin of late
Synonyms for late
Related Words for lateslow, last-minute, fresh, recent, previous, past, sometime, old, once, slowly, tardily, belatedly, backward, behind, belated, blown, delayed, dilatory, gone, jammed
Examples from the Web for late
Contemporary Examples of 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.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
Late former governors of NY, TX starred in a 1994 snack chip ad.Mario Cuomo, Ann Richards Concede to Doritos
The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of late
Since he went to Salamis in search of you, I have not seen him until late this evening.
Have you not of late struggled against the warnings of this friendly spirit?
They walked rapidly to the station, but too late, of course, for the train.Brave and Bold
It was a very good season, but the expedition was too late in starting.
Made rather a late start, owing to some of the horses straying.
- 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.