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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Bullock, a latecomer to the crowded primary race, had been shut out of the previous debate. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, "The next Democratic debate will have a new face: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock," 17 July 2019 The bikes were in regular use, while a latecomer brand of bike, HOPR, which is also dockless but is not electrically assisted, was being ignored. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando’s Lime electric bikes remain ‘at this time’ as electric scooters gain momentum," 5 July 2019 In the grand epic of American history, the English were latecomers. J.h. Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "Spain’s America," 9 May 2019 Rolls-Royce is a latecomer to the highly profitable luxury SUV market. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, "The Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is a Diamond Designed for Rough Terrain," 22 June 2019 Amazon is a relative latecomer to the young world of delivery robots. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots," 14 June 2019 American, the world's largest airline by most measures, is a latecomer to prepaid bags. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Hate the hassle of paying bag fees at the airport? American (finally) plans to offer prepay option," 12 June 2019 But the fund lagged the market for years afterwards; the latecomers (who invested the bulk of the money) lost out. The Economist, "Troubles at the Woodford investment group point to a wider trend," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of latecomer

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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