from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that arrives late: waited for the latecomers to be seated.
  • n. A recent arrival, participant, or convert: a company that was a latecomer to the video-game market.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who has arrived comparatively recently.
  • n. One who arrived late.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. someone who arrives late.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who arrives late


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  • Heck, if the latecomer were a successful governor who tamed a blue state or a Republican superstar who set President Obama back on his heels on ObamaCare, entitlement reform and the debt, that person could decide in December to make the run.

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  • A fair point perhaps: someone like me appreciates Tamil masala because it testifies to the survival of something that no longer exists in Hindi cinema (i.e. my default is Hindi cinema, and as you know I am a "latecomer" to Tamil cinema).


  • And "Barely True," and that McCain was a "latecomer" to the discussion.

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  • A latecomer to the safari mania who nonetheless boldly put the word to work as a brand was that American icon of rugged individualism Ralph Lauren.

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  • A relative latecomer to apps, Toyota said the system will connect cars to the Internet using a smartphone.

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  • Now that the SNP has its majority, and its aspirations towards independence, it's all committee work and tough, sandwich-filled meetings with Whitehall civil servants, and not about pointing your steadicam at gushing, latecomer luvvies.

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  • As a latecomer to the Adventures of Torq and the Torqaltones I am rather saddened that I do not get to see the many visual aids that goes along with each episode.

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  • Though New York is a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state's size, New York City's international stature.

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  • Some neoconservatives argue that Krauthammer was a latecomer to the party because of his reservations about liberal interventionism in the 1990s.

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  • •If you're a latecomer to Vampire Diaries (CW, tonight, 8 ET/PT), here's a chance to catch up with a repeat of the first post-pilot episode.

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