Definition of arrival in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əˈrʌɪv(ə)l/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of arriving: Ruth’s arrival in New York he was dead on arrival at hospital
More example sentences
  • In his notebook Gradowski described his journey by train to the camp and the selection process on arrival.
  • Apart from hugs and kisses on arrival and departure there has never been anything physical between us.
  • And I got away with it, even though I omitted to get my entry declaration stamped on arrival in Russia.
coming, advent, appearance, entrance, entry, materialization, approach
1.1 [count noun] A person who has arrived somewhere: hotel staff greeted the late arrivals
More example sentences
  • About 500 people were on hand to greet them at the arrivals terminal.
  • At the small terminal, arrivals were greeted with traditional leis made from tropical flowers.
  • It was forecast that tourist arrivals would keep increasing every year.
comer, entrant, newcomer, new boy, new girl, incomer;
visitor, caller, guest, immigrant
archaic visitant
1.2The emergence or appearance of a new development or product: the arrival of democracy
More example sentences
  • The arrival of the Black Death brought social and economic chaos, from which not even the Minster was immune.
  • The arrival of synthetic products may have pushed bamboo and cane out of the front rows in the market.
  • The eventual arrival of Metrolink will also help attract more spectators and more participants to SportCity.
emergence, (first) appearance, advent, coming, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, springing up, development, start, onset, inauguration
1.3 [count noun] A newly emerged development or product: sociology is a relatively new arrival on the academic scene


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French arrivaille, from Old French arriver (see arrive).

Words that rhyme with arrival

adjectival, deprival, genitival, imperatival, infinitival, outrival, relatival, revival, rival, substantival, survival

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ar|rival

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.