- The definition of late is something that happens or someone that arrives after the expected time.
- An example of late is someone showing up to breakfast in the afternoon.
- An example of late is a show that was supposed to start at four beginning at four thirty.
A couple realize they are going to be late!
late definition by Webster's New World
- happening, coming, etc. after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardy; behindhand
- happening, being, continuing, etc. far on in the day, night, year, etc.: the late afternoon, a late party
- happening, being, continuing, etc. toward the end; far advanced in a period, development, etc.: the late Middle Ages
- happening, appearing, etc. just previous to the present time; recent: a late news bulletin
- having been so recently but not now: the late allies
- having recently died
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Dutch laat, German lass, slow, lazy ; from Indo-European an unverified form lēid ; from base an unverified form lēi-, to neglect, let go from source let, Classical Latin lassus, weak
- lateness noun
late definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective lat·er, lat·est
- Coming, occurring, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed: The bus is late. See Synonyms at tardy.
- a. Beginning after or continuing past the usual or expected hour: a late breakfast; a late meeting.b. Occurring at an advanced hour, especially well into the evening or night: a late movie on television; the late flight to Denver.
- Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage: the late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.
- a. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent: a late development.b. Contemporary; up-to-date: the latest fashion.
- a. Having recently occupied a position or place: the company's late president gave the address.b. Dead, especially if only recently deceased: in memory of the late explorer.
- After the expected, usual, or proper time: a train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.
- a. At or until an advanced hour: talked late into the evening.b. At or into an advanced period or stage: a project undertaken late in her career.
- Recently: As late as last week he was still in town.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English lǽt; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- lateˈness noun
late - Phrases/Idioms