adjective \bi-ˈlā-təd, bē-\

: happening or coming very late or too late

Full Definition of BELATED

:  delayed beyond the usual time
:  existing or appearing past the normal or proper time
be·lat·ed·ly adverb
be·lat·ed·ness noun

Examples of BELATED

  1. She received belated recognition for her scientific discovery.

Origin of BELATED

past participle of belate (to make late)
First Known Use: 1670


Next Word in the Dictionary: belaud
Previous Word in the Dictionary: belate
All Words Near: belated

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up belated? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).