Alate vs Late - What's the difference?

alate | late |

As nouns the difference between alate and late

is that alate is a winged, reproductive form of several social insects while late is (kind of) hatchet, axe, chopper.

As an adjective alate

is (entomology|botany) having winglike extensions or parts; winged.

As an adverb alate

is (archaic) recently; lately; of late.



(wikipedia alate)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


(en adjective)
  • (entomology, botany) Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
  • Synonyms
    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • A winged, reproductive form of several social insects.
  • Etymology 2



  • (archaic) recently; lately; of late.
  • There hath been alate such tales spread abroad. — Latimer.




  • 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
  • , title= 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

    Usage notes

    * (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.


    (en noun)
  • (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.
  • We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late .
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * a day late and a dollar short * as of late * better late than never * * late bloomer * latecomer * late in the day * late in the game * lately * late night * later * sooner or later


    * 2009 April 3, , "Re: Has 'late' split up into a pair of homonyms?", message-ID <>, alt.usage.english'' and ''sci.lang , Usenet.




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