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late (adj.) O.E. læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from P.Gmc. *lata- (Cf. O.N. latr "sluggish, lazy," M.Du., O.S. lat, Ger. laß "idle, weary," Goth. lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (Cf. L. lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Gk. ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see LET (Cf. let) (v.)). The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from O.E. late.

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