late, adjective

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EnglishShow more Special use of English late recently deceased (always used attributively of a particular person, e.g. ‘the late Mr Smith’, ‘my late father’).
Among speakers of Sintu (Bantu) languages, used frequently in non-standard ways, especially predicatively, as a euphemism for ‘deceased’, ‘dead’. Also absolutely, ‘the departed (person)’.
1959 K.M.C. Motsisi in M. Mutloatse Casey & Co. (1978) 27Kid Playboy is making a hurried exit.., and the bride tearing at her..dress and hurling all sorts of names at Kid Playboy and his family including the late ones.
1993 Weekly Mail 18 June 12The late usually played bass guitar in his time.
used frequently in non-standard ways, especially predicatively, as a euphemism for ‘deceased’, ‘dead’. Also absolutely, ‘the departed (person)’.

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