A train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.
As late as yesterday.
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.
The late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.
As late as last week he was still in town.
A late news bulletin.
Our late allies.
It was late in the evening when we finally arrived.
It was getting late and I was tired.
Late Latin is less fully inflected than classical Latin.
The late bishop of London; the late administration.
- Recently; lately:.Was feeling better of late.
- At a late stage; near the end.
Origin of late
- Middle English from Old English læt lē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English late, lat, from Old English lÃ¦t (“slow; slack, lax, negligent; late"), from Proto-Germanic *lataz (“slow, lazy"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“(y)d- (“to weaken, tire, relax, subside"). Cognate with Scots lat (“late"), West Frisian let (“late"), Dutch laat (“late"), Low German laat (“late"), German lass (“dull, limp"), Swedish lat (“idle, lazy"), Icelandic latur (“lazy"), Latin lassus (“weary, faint").