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?
- 12 months agoFavourite answer
Yes, it means that the person has died.
- ?Lv 612 months ago
Hold over from days gone bye, a more polite way of saying someone has died .
- busterwasmycatLv 712 months 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.
- sparrowLv 712 months 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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- Anonymous12 months ago
Yes, deceased they are dead
- bluebellbkkLv 712 months ago
It means that that person is no longer living.
- SumDudeLv 712 months ago
In 15 letters or less, Yes.
- curtisports2Lv 712 months ago
When used that way, yes, the person being referred to is deceased.
- 12 months ago
"Late" , as far as I'm aware of,is used before anyone's name who is no more now. Thanks.
- KherovaLv 712 months ago
usually, but it may be used in a joking way to mean an ex (like they are dead to me).