Delayed beyond the typical time too late overtaken by night benighted
- following the expected or normal time; delayed
- of Belate
- Delayed beyond the most common time; far too late; overtaken by night; benighted.
1610s, "overtaken when the sun goes down," past participle adjective from belate "to make late, detain," from be- + late. Sense of "coming past-due, behind time" is from 1660s. Relevant: Belatedly.
(imp. & p. p.) of Belate
- (a.) Delayed beyond the usual time; too late; overtaken when the sun goes down; benighted.
It was a belated sequel to The Quiet Man.