adjectivelat′er or lat′ter, lat′est or last
- 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 prior to the present time; recent: a late news bulletin
- having been so recently but not now: our late allies
- having recently died
Origin of lateMiddle English from Old English læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Dutch laat, German lass, slow, lazy from Indo-European an unverified form l?id from base an unverified form l?i-, to neglect, let go from source let, Classical Latin lassus, weak
adverblat′er, lat′est or last
- after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardily
- at or until an advanced time of the day, night, year, etc.
- toward the end of a given period, development, etc.
- recently; lately: as late as yesterday
Origin of lateME < OE < base of the adj.