Meaning of “late” - Learner’s Dictionary

late

adjective, adverb uk us /leɪt/
AFTER THE USUAL TIME

A1 after the usual time or the time that was arranged:

I was late for work this morning.
We got there too late and all the tickets had been sold.
You're late - you were supposed to be here an hour ago!
We had a late lunch.
NEAR END OF PERIOD

A1 near the end of a period of time:

It was built in the late nineteenth century.
It was late at night.
Marsha is in her late twenties.
it's late

something that you say when it is near the end of a day:

It's late - I really should be going.
It's getting late and I'm a bit tired.
DEAD [ always before noun ]

not now alive:

the late Mrs Walker
of late formal

recently:

We've scarcely seen him of late.

(Definition of “late” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)