- The definition of belated is something done late.
An anniversary celebrated the day after the actual date is an example of belated.
Origin of belatedbe- + lat(e) + -ed
Origin of belatedbe– + lated.
(comparative more belated, superlative most belated)
- Later in relation to the proper time something should have happened.
- Happy belated birthday!
- Simple past tense and past participle of belate.