Near the end of a period of time.
Specifically, near the end of the day.
(usually, not used comparatively) Associated with the end of a period.
Not arriving until after an expected time.
Not having had an expected menstrual period.
(deceased)(not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead:
* , chapter=12
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late
Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.}}
Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.
Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
* 1914 , (Robert Frost), (North of Boston) , "A Hundred Collars":
- Lancaster bore him — such a little town, / Such a great man. It doesn't see him often / Of late years, though he keeps the old homestead / And sends the children down there with their mother
* (deceased) (term) in this sense is unusual among English adjectives in that it qualifies named individuals (in phrases like (term)) without creating a contrast with another Mary who is not late. Contrast (hungry): a phrase like (term) is usually only used if another Mary is under discussion who is not hungry.
(informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
* 2007 , Paul W Browning, The Good Guys Wear Blue
- At about 11 pm one night in Corporation Street my watch were on van patrol and Yellow Watch were on lates as usual.
After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.
formerly, especially in the context of service in a military unit.
:Colonel Easterwood, late of the 34th Carbines, was a guest at the dinner party.
- We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late .
* a day late and a dollar short
* as of late
* better late than never
* late bloomer
* late in the day
* late in the game
* late night
* sooner or later
* 2009 April 3, , "Re: Has 'late' split up into a pair of homonyms?", message-ID <firstname.lastname@example.org>, alt.usage.english'' and ''sci.lang , Usenet.
(Scotland, Northern England) Bashful, sheepish.
*1934 , (Lewis Grassic Gibbon), Grey Granite'', Polygon 2006 (''A Scots Quair ), p. 491:
*:You'd say Not them; fine legs'', and Ma struggling into her blouse would say ''You're no blate . Who told you they're fine?
(Scotland, Northern England) Dull, stupid.