late·​com·​er ˈlāt-ˌkə-mər How to pronounce latecomer (audio)
: one that arrives late
also : a recent arrival

Examples of latecomer in a Sentence

Latecomers had to park their cars far from the stadium.
Recent Examples on the Web Last year’s show was so well-attended that latecomers stood behind the seating that surrounds the stage. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2023 As latecomers to the imperialist game, the Japanese had been fighting wars on the Asian continent since 1894. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Many South Africans are side-eyeing latecomers to the genre, wary of the very real potential for their culture to be commodified and repackaged for the masses. Ineye Komonibo,, 6 Oct. 2023 This comports with my understanding, even as a latecomer to technology. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, 16 Aug. 2023 Who better, in this hypothetical, to challenge and provoke the left than a bare-knuckle Jew like Mamet, Chicago-born and bred, conqueror of the New York theater world, veteran of the L.A. movie world, scourge of self-delusion and performative piety, relative latecomer to conservatism? Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Nick Arrington and Alex Tyree are living their best lives on this trip, trying to make connections as kinda-sorta-maybe bachelors while latecomers Jason Lyke and Summer Marie Thomas attempt to bring peace and tranquility to counter the constant chaos of the house (to mixed results). Ineye Komonibo,, 27 June 2023 Ariel and Natasha were the only twins, and as latecomers they had been assigned the highest numbers. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Although a latecomer in the immunization race, the vaccine, named CVnCoV, has a potential advantage over the two other messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, developed by the Pfizer-BioNTech collaboration and Moderna, which require extremely low temperatures to remain stable. Martin Enserink, Science | AAAS, 24 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of latecomer was in 1599

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“Latecomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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late·​com·​er ˈlāt-ˌkəm-ər How to pronounce latecomer (audio)
: one who arrives late
also : one who has recently arrived

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