late·​com·​er | \ ˈlāt-ˌkə-mər How to pronounce latecomer (audio) \

Definition of latecomer

: one that arrives late also : a recent arrival

Examples of latecomer in a Sentence

Latecomers had to park their cars far from the stadium.

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In comparison to his counterparts in Britain and France, King Leopold II of Belgium was a relative latecomer to empire-building, founding Congo as a colony in the late 19th century. New York Times, "Belgium Honors Congolese Leader It Helped Overthrow," 30 June 2018 The people continue pushing in, and a latecomer grabs the clipboard. Nyssa Kruse,, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 The government’s failure to secure the exams was widely criticized and ridiculed, and it was forced to organize a new test for latecomers, who might have had illicit access to the questions. Nour Youssef, New York Times, "Algeria’s Answer to Cheating on School Exams: Turn Off the Internet," 21 June 2018 The Ascent drives much smaller than the other latecomer in the Volkswagen Atlas, feels more like the sporting Mazda CX-9 behind the wheel. Robert Duffer,, "Review: Subaru climbs into 3-row class with 2019 Ascent," 26 June 2018 These latecomers usually cause insurers to pay out much more in coverage than the insurers receive in premiums and subsidies. John C. Goodman, WSJ, "ObamaCare Can Be Worse Than Medicaid," 26 June 2018 Milk’s significance as a symbol of gay liberation has eclipsed the reality of the man—a political latecomer and rhetorical savant, whose compassion for the dispossessed vied with an avarice for publicity that sometimes drew him toward populism. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 Shortages meant latecomers would find shelves bare apart from cans of pickled seaweed. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Better Off Than Their Parents: Why Russia’s Youth Are Backing Putin," 16 Mar. 2018 The last day to register to vote in the June 5 primary election is quickly approaching, although a new law means that latecomers will be offered a second chance to join the electorate and cast a ballot. Joshua Stewart,, "The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is fast approaching, although there's new leeway for procrastinators," 17 May 2018

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of latecomer

: a person who arrives late
: someone or something that has recently arrived or become involved in something


late·​com·​er | \ ˈlāt-ˌkə-mər How to pronounce latecomer (audio) \

Kids Definition of latecomer

: a person who arrives late

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