Pronunciation: (lāt),[key] —adj.,lat•er or lat•ter, lat•est or last, —adv.lat•er, lat•est.
—adj. 1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring. 2. continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late business meeting. 3. near or at the end of day or well into the night: a late hour. 4. belonging to the time just before the present moment; most recent: a late news bulletin. 5. immediately preceding the present one; former: the late attorney general. 6. recently deceased: the late Mr. Phipps. 7. occurring at an advanced stage in life: a late marriage. 8. belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something: the late phase of feudalism. 9. of late, lately; recently: The days have been getting warmer of late.
—adv. 1. after the usual or proper time, or after delay: to arrive late. 2. until after the usual time or hour; until an advanced hour, esp. of the night: to work late. 3. at or to an advanced time, period, or stage: The flowers keep their blossoms late in warm climates. 4. recently but no longer: a man late of Chicago, now living in Philadelphia.