belated Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite after the expected or usual time; delayed
    late; tardy.
    • a belated birthday card
    • I'm late for the plane
    • the train is late
    • tardy children are sent to the principal
    • always tardy in making dental appointments


Be*lat"ed adjective
  1. Delayed beyond the usual time; too late; overtaken by night; benighted. "Some belated peasant." Milton. -- Be*lat"ed*ness, n. Milton.

Webster 1913