better late than never

better late than never

Meaning | Synonyms

  • it is better for somebody or something to be late than never to arrive or to happen
  • it is better to do something late than to not/never do it at all
  • it is better to arrive late to an event than not to show up

Example Sentence

  1. All of us have been waiting for you for two hours - but better late than never.
  2. I know that it took me weeks to send the letter, but better late than never.
  3. It took me three years to complete the training course but better late than never, right?
  4. He showed up for the wedding when they were already cutting the cake. Better late than never, I suppose.
  5. Better late than never, former Clay star Berger to throw out first pitch at Indians game.
  6. I was thinking that you will not come to my help anymore - anyways, better late than never.
  7. A friend of mine has passed 12th grade after failing since 5 years in a row - well it's better late than never.


The proverb was first recorded in 1200. It appeared in several collections of English proverbs.

The first time the phrase appears in print in English was in "The Yeoman's Tale from The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer published in 1386.

"For better than never is late; never to succeed would be too long a period."

The Latin phrase 'potiusque sero quam numquam' which translates as "better late than never" was used in History of Rome, written around 27 BCby Titus Livius.

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Please put example according to thought which can be speaken on stage in assembly

- Vansh February 12, 2019

Wants more examples. But giving main information about the proverb.

- Apurva July 28, 2018

You can add some more meanings and examples. So then it will be better.

- Pankhuri June 8, 2018

You should put more examples

- Bilkish March 7, 2018

The example is not at all good but you can change it and write something like
A: Sorry I got late actually there was some emergency at our house.
B: Its okay, Better late than never.

- Preeti June 29, 2017

You should put more meaning and examples.

- Jarel January 11, 2015

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