Definition of arrival in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrīvəl/


1The action or process of arriving: Ruth’s arrival in New York he was dead on arrival at the hospital
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  • 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.
1.1A person who has arrived somewhere: hotel staff greeted the late arrivals
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  • 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, incomer;
visitor, caller, guest
1.2The emergence or appearance of a new development, phenomenon, or product: the arrival of democracy
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  • 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.
1.3A newly emerged development, phenomenon, 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

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Syllabification: ar·ri·val

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