ar·​chi·​val | \ är-ˈkī-vəl How to pronounce archival (audio) \

Definition of archival

: of, relating to, contained in, suitable for, or constituting archives

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Other Words from archival

archivally \ är-​ˈkī-​və-​lē How to pronounce archival (audio) \ adverb

Examples of archival in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lazy or not, 1971 does its heavy lifting through its hours of archival footage, with famous talking heads giving voice-overs and onscreen lyrics coloring each episode’s key tracks. Brady Gerber, Vulture, 24 May 2021 The two-night event uses a blend of archival footage and interviews with an array of experts: journalists from Road & Track, Jalopnik and Edmunds, history authors and professors, and even podcaster and car collector Adam Carolla. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2021 That the archival footage is repurposed in the film is in part a metaphor for the complexity and poignancy of the passing of time. The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 The film will include archival footage of Mays's career highlights including an unforgettable defensive play during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. Nasha Smith, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Using archival news reports, reenactments, and interviews, director James Buddy Day places the brutal murders of Doreen Levesque, Barbara Raposa, and Karen Marsden in the context of the rise of the Satanic Panic. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 More specifically, the exact watch that was used as a physical blueprint for this singular piece (outside of archival components and documents with renderings of the early design) was an American 1921 once owned by Reverend Samuel Parkes Cadman. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 The museum’s Tulsa and Black Oklahoma collection now includes more than a dozen artifacts, approximately 425 photographs and some 93 archival and ephemeral documents, along with 13 films. Paul Gardullo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 The Endless Love necklace and ring, adapted from an archival Winston design, uses a signature twist motif to represent the intertwining of two souls. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Archival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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