Definition of late
What does the word late mean?
part of speech: adverb
(-er, -est, LAST). After proper time (better l. than never), far on in time, (this happened later on; sooner or later, early or l., soon or l., some time or other); at or till l. hour; (Poet.) recently, lately; formerly but not now (his own room, l. the chaplain\'s); at l. stage of development &c. (traces remained as l. as the Stuart times). [old English]
part of speech: adjective
(comp. later, LATTER; superl. latest, last), & n. After the due or usual time (was I. for dinner; it is too I. to go; with agent nouns, as l.-comer=one who comes 1.); backward- in flowering, ripening, &c; far on in day or night (I. hours, after usual time for rising or going to bed), or in time (on Wednesday at latest, then if not before); far on in a period, development, &c. (I. stained glass, I. latin); no longer alive, no longer having specified status &c, that was recently so-&-so, (the I. prime minister, dead or resigned; my I. husband, residence); of recent date (the I. floods, war; of I. years, in the last few; also as n. in of I., recently); I. fee, on letter posted after ordinary collection time. Hence laten v.t. & i., lateness n., latish (2) a. & adv. [old English]