Definition of lateness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈleɪtnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪtnəs//
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  1. 1the fact of arriving, happening or being done after the expected, arranged or usual time They apologized for the lateness of the train.
  2. 2the fact of being near the end of the day Despite the lateness of the hour, the children were not in bed.
  3. 3the fact of being near the end of a period of time, a person's life, etc. It depends on the lateness of the stage of pregnancy.
  4. opposite earliness