Coming, occurring, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed: The bus is late. See Synonyms at tardy. Beginning after or continuing past the usual or expected hour: a late breakfast; a late meeting. Occurring at an advanced hour, especially well into the evening or night: a late movie on television; the late flight to Denver. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage: the late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent: a late development. Contemporary; up-to-date: the latest fashion. Having recently occupied a position or place: the company's late president gave the address. Dead, especially if only recently deceased: in memory of the late explorer. After the expected, usual, or proper time: a train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast. At or until an advanced hour: talked late into the evening. At or into an advanced period or stage: a project undertaken late in her career. Recently: As late as last week he was still in town. of late Recently; lately: was feeling better of late.