What does late mean in this sentence?

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year...

  • Late: (happening or being) near the end of a period of time. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/late Winter is a period of time, near the end of that specific winter.
    – RubioRic
    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:47
  • @RubioRic I posted this question because I wanted more explanation about the word "late". I didn't find the explanation in Cambridge dictionary, comprehensive enough. So I posted this question to get more details about this word. Jan 23, 2019 at 16:09

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One of the meanings of "late" is "towards the end of a period". The period can be an amount of time, such as a day, a week, a month, a year, etc, or a season. Late in the winter means when winter is almost over, when it is nearly spring.

Late *Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Both answers are correct, but the original answer is stated in a needlessly complicated manner so I voted for this one.
    – Ed Grimm
    Jan 23, 2019 at 4:36

Late is opposite of early: Early in the morning, late in the evening.

Early in the winter: end of December. Late in the winter: beginning of March.

  • I don't understand what do you mean! Jan 22, 2019 at 22:36
  • Late in the winter is: in the end of the cold season, in the end of ramadan. Jan 22, 2019 at 22:45
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    That was his seventeenth year, i.e. he was sixteen years old at that time. It was wintertime. But it was late wintertime, as Albrecht says, it was probably the end of February or the first week of March.
    – Lorel C.
    Jan 22, 2019 at 22:45
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    Doesn't Ramadan vary among the seasons?
    – Lorel C.
    Jan 22, 2019 at 22:47
  • Ramadan in the UK this year starts on 5 May, when winter has been over for a long time. Jan 22, 2019 at 22:49

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