coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
late, delayed, or detained: We started the meeting without the belated representative.
Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.
Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.

Origin of belated

1610–20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2
Related formsbe·lat·ed·ly, adverbbe·lat·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for belated

overdue, tardy, delayed, remiss, behindhand, unpunctual

Examples from the Web for belated

Contemporary Examples of belated

Historical Examples of belated

  • And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Belated vacations and illness had depleted the training-school.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The belated patients and pilgrims had arrived during this alert.

  • "Your thanks are belated," said the young man, with a visible attempt at gaiety.

  • They had penetrated the mists of alcohol, and stirred a belated contrition.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for belated



late or too latebelated greetings
Derived Formsbelatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for belated

1610s, "overtaken by night," past participle adjective from belate "to make late, detain," from be- + late. Sense of "coming past due, behind date" is from 1660s. Related: Belatedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper