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late

Meaning: used instead of "dead" or "deceased" when mentioning a dead person

For example:

  • Richard Flanagan's new novel is about the life of his late father.

  • We're making a movie about the world's greatest guitarist; the late, great Jimi Hendrix.

Quick Quiz:

If someone mentions their "late mother", it means she's

a. very old

b. running late

c. no longer alive

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Contributor: Matt Errey