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Late appears in the following tongue twister:

  • I am not the pheasant plucker,
    I'm the pheasant plucker's mate.
    I am only plucking pheasants
    'cause the pheasant plucker's late.

Late appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • late fetal
  • Gab too late: get a loot bag.
  • Late? Bill is ill. I bet, Al.
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Usage statistics for the adjective late:

spoken English33.12%written English66.88% conversational speech51.26%task-oriented speech48.74% imaginative writing38.32%informational writing61.68%
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Late is sometimes a misspelling of last or latest.

The word late is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective late

What does late mean as an attribute of a noun?

Late is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: later | latest

  1. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
  2. after the expected or usual time; delayed
  3. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
    • examples: a late development | their late quarrel
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of late: recent
    • similar: past
  4. having died recently
    • example: her late husband
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: dead
  5. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
  6. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
  7. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
    • example: our late President is still very active
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of late: former / previous
    • similar: past

Alternative definition of the adjective late


  1. Near the end of a period of time.
  2. Specifically, near the end of the day.
  3. [usually, not used comparatively] Associated with the end of a period.
  4. Not arriving until after an expected time.
  5. Not having had an expected menstrual period
  6. [not comparable, euphemistic] Deceased, dead: [used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive.] (Often used with [term, the]; see usage notes.)
  7. Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.

Definition of the adverb late

What does late mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. later than usual or than expected
    • examples: the train arrived late | we awoke late | the children came late to school
    • synonyms of late: belatedly / tardily
    • antonym of late: early
  2. to an advanced time
    • example: talked late into the evening
    • synonym of late: deep
  3. at an advanced age or stage
    • examples: she married late | undertook the project late in her career
  4. in the recent past

Alternative definition of the adverb late


  1. After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.

Definition of the noun late

What does late mean as a name of something?


  1. [dialectal or obsolete] Manner; behaviour; outward appearance or aspect.
  2. [dialectal or obsolete] A sound; voice.
  3. [informal] A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.


  1. Late a.k.a. Dave Grohl: David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer who first gained recognition and fame as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He is also the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter and founder of the band Foo Fighters.
  2. Late is an underground rapper from Wolverhampton. He is a co-founder of Wolftown Recordings and a member of the rap groups Villains and Wolftown Committee. He has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide, including Willie D from the Geto Boys and K-Rino.
    • profession: Rapper

There are other people with in their name, like Jason Late, Late Shanavas, Late Sri. Unni, Choc'late Allen, Late Malti Devi, Late C Ramesh Kumar, The Late B.P. Helium, Late Thapi Anaapornama, Late Pt. Satyadev Dubey, Late Easwaran Namboothiri and many others.


"Late" is a 2008 short film directed by Guinevere Turner.


  1. "Late" was an obscure single released in very limited numbers by the band Blue Angel, taken from their 1980 album also called Blue Angel. Lee Brovitz was the primary songwriter, sharing co-writing credits with Lauper and Turi. The single attained chart success in Australia and was also released in Spain.
  2. "Late" is the title of The 77s' eleventh album, released in 2000 on the band's own Fools of the World label.
  3. "Late" is a musical album of Donna Regina.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  4. "Late" is a musical EP of Florrie.
    • released on


Late Island is an uninhabited volcanic island southwest of Vavaʻu in the kingdom of Tonga. The small, 6-km-wide circular island of Late, lying along the Tofua volcanic arc about 55 km WSW of the island of Vavaʻu, contains a 400-m-wide, 150-m-deep summit crater with an ephemeral lake. The largely submerged basaltic andesite to andesitic volcano rises 1500 m from the sea floor, with its conical summit reaching 540 m above sea level. Cinder cones are found north of the summit crater, west and north of a semicircular plateau 100-150 m below the summit, and on the NW coast. A graben-like structure on the NE flank contains two large pit craters, the lower of which is partially filled by a saltwater lake. Only two eruptions have occurred in historical time, both from NE-flank craters, which produced explosive activity and possible lava flows in 1790 and 1854.


Late a.k.a. Larteh Language: Larteh is spoken 74,000 speakers in Ghana. The Lartehs, AKA Kyiripons, are the main inhabitants of the mountainous parts of the Eastern region of Ghana. Of the Guans {the ethnic group which the Lartehs or the Kyiripons belong} they are the largest tribe and have the most successful language to capture the minds of Ghanaians.

Phrases with Late

Phrases starting with the word Late:

  1. Late on
  2. late greek
  3. late latin
  4. Late model
  5. Late-Bound
  6. late blight
  7. Late Tackle
  8. Late binding
  9. Late bloomer
  10. Late innings
  11. Late at Night
  12. Late Egyptian
  13. late lamented
  14. late-blooming
  15. late-ripening
  16. Late Coralroot
  17. Late Goldenrod

Phrases ending with the word Late:

  1. of late
  2. As of Late
  3. sleep late

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Late

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Google previewThe natural method of teaching the elements of grammar, for the nursery and infant schools (1851)

by Robert Pemberton (F.R.S.L.)

Late is an adjective. Early is an adjective. Shaggy is an adjective. F/ee< is an adjective ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prehistory (2012)

Volume 6: North America by Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember

RELATIVE TIME PERIOD: Follows the Middle High Plains Archaic tradition, precedes the High Plains Late Prehistoric tradition. LoCATION: All but the northwestern corner of modernday Wyoming ...

Google previewLexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity: The eastern diaspora 330 BCE-650 CE (2011)

by Ṭal Ilan

Late antique date assumed, see Introduction ...

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Usage statistics about late

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective late:

spoken English33.12%written English66.88% conversational speech51.26%task-oriented speech48.74% imaginative writing38.32%informational writing61.68%

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Quotes about Late

You smile upon your friend to-day,
To-day his ills are over;
You hearken to the lover's say,
And happy is the lover.

'Tis late to hearken, late to smile,
But better late than never;
I shall have lived a little while
Before I die for ever. (Alfred Edward Housman)
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Scrabble value of L1A1T1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LATE

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