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

Definition of archival

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

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 The outfit may be part of the Kardashian-Jenner family's sizable collection of archival fashion, as the top closely resembled one from designer Paco Rabanne's 1997/98 Fall-Winter collection. CNN, 12 Aug. 2022 According to an online archival catalogue, the 13 stripes flag was developed in 1989 in South Central L.A. Essence, 11 Aug. 2022 The Italian label—which started out as a shoppable magazine and evolved into a lifestyle platform—offers ready-to-wear made with archival prints, as well as eclectic home design pieces and rare vintage finds across both categories. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Aug. 2022 Jenner is no stranger to wearing archival vintage pieces, donning the likes of a saucy Tom Ford-era Gucci dress and a barely-there Versace halter top. Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 An archival image shows workers moving containers of emergency medical supplies during a deployment exercise. Tonya Bauer, NBC News, 28 July 2022 But this novel isn’t sustained merely by its surreal images, its archival discoveries or even its sharp critique of American hypocrisy. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 This drop features new interpretations of its archival prints and animal totems applied to a range of objects and furniture, including chairs, cushions, wallpaper and ceramic tableware. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 July 2022 In recent years, Mitchell has overseen a number of archival releases of her legendary back catalog and has been somewhat more frequently in public. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 24 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of archival

1799, in the meaning defined above

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