Bieber's team tweeted an apology for his lateness, which is perhaps a new low in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and social media.
Collins, for all his lateness, is still ahead of all his gay colleagues.
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
Finally, Mrs. Brant broke up the debate by pointedly remarking on the lateness of the hour.
Forgetting the lateness of the hour, she started in a mad whirl about the room.
But its perfect hue was smirched with the lateness of the season.
The incongruity of its position is to be referred to the lateness of its delivery.
Clerks away ahead joyfully chalk up our hours of lateness on the announcement slate.
A little overacting his part, he apologized nonchalantly for his lateness.
At length the lateness of the hour and the frequent lights announced that London must be near.
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.