Definition of lateness in English:


Syllabification: late·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈlātnis


  • 1The fact or quality of happening or arriving after the expected or usual time; unpunctuality: she wouldn’t tolerate lateness in her class
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    • I had announced myself alongside an apology for my lateness.
    • Throughout the day, Grant rode through his command rallying the force in spite of the lateness of reinforcements.
    • He made no calls to inform the congregation of his impending lateness.
  • 2The fact of being far on in the day or night: she noticed the lateness of the hour
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    • The only problem in trying to photograph them was the lateness of the hour.
    • Emily looked about, just noticing the lateness of the day.
    • Actually, given the appalling lateness of the hour, there isn't really any alternative.

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