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.
Recent Examples on the Web Paxton's strategists likely view the US congressman, a latecomer to the race, as a threat who can draw away primary voters and force a runoff. James Moore, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 In this context, given the long entwinement of California and Russia, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is a relative latecomer. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Like Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judith Krantz, Bonnie Garmus is a latecomer to the literary scene. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Even though New Balance was an early adopter of carbon-fiber plates, its first integration of the technology was in shoes designed for shorter distance racing and the brand was a latecomer in the marathon shoe scene. Adam W. Chase, Outside Online, 22 July 2021 In fact, Zillow is a relative latecomer to the iBuyer business; its biggest competitor, Opendoor, which first started buying homes in 2014, had purchased more than 19,000 of them by 2019. Camille Squires, Quartz, 19 Oct. 2021 The Federal Reserve, a latecomer to the climate debate relative to other central banks, is starting to think more carefully about how to incorporate the various threats from climate change into their analysis of the financial system. Pedro Nicolaci Da Costa, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Elizabeth Street is a relative latecomer to the movement. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 30 Sep. 2021 While the philosopher was a latecomer to anti-slavery, his wife and many other local women were early enthusiasts., 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of latecomer

1599, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2022

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“Latecomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of latecomer

: a person who arrives late

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