Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 year ago

what does it mean when someone uses the word 'late' to describe another person?

i.e this bracelet belonged to the late Kelly. does it mean that person passed away?

14 Answers

  • 1 year ago
    Favourite answer

    Yes, it means that the person has died.

  • Joseph
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    Hold over from days gone bye, a more polite way of saying someone has died .

  • 1 year ago

    no longer living. dead. ideally "recently departed" (thus dead of late, or lately the living person George but sadly no longer). Now gone, late.

  • 1 year ago

    Here is something on the etymology of the word:

    From c. 1400, "late" was seen as meaning "being or occurring in the near, or not too distant, past; recent" (of late). From this comes the early 15c. sense "recently dead, not many years dead" (as in the late Mrs. Smith).

    So it refers back to the phrase "Of late" which means it just recently happened.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Yes, deceased they are dead

  • 1 year ago

    It means that that person is no longer living.

  • 1 year ago

    In 15 letters or less, Yes.

  • 1 year ago

    When used that way, yes, the person being referred to is deceased.

  • 1 year ago

    "Late" , as far as I'm aware of,is used before anyone's name who is no more now. Thanks.

  • 1 year ago

    usually, but it may be used in a joking way to mean an ex (like they are dead to me).

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