promotion image of download ymail app
Promoted
Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 12 months 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

Relevance
  • 12 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Yes, it means that the person has died.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • ?
    Lv 6
    12 months ago

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

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 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.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 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.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Yes, deceased they are dead

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 months ago

    It means that that person is no longer living.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 months ago

    In 15 letters or less, Yes.

    • oldprof
      Lv 7
      12 months agoReport

      Agree that 15 character limit is counter productive to short but correct answers.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 months ago

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

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 months ago

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

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 12 months ago

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

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.