[ bih-ley-tid ]
/ bɪˈleɪ tɪd /


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 obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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


be·lat·ed·ly, adverbbe·lat·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belatedness

  • Of late years they are growing conscious of their own belatedness, and that touches a tender spot.

  • This belatedness causes a jerky motion of the arm and imparts it to the hand.

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  • The "belatedness" of your letter only made me fear that I had offended you.

British Dictionary definitions for belatedness

/ (bɪˈleɪtɪd) /


late or too latebelated greetings

Derived forms of belated

belatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun
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