arch·​ri·​val (ˌ)ärch-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce archrival (audio)
: a principal rival

Example Sentences

In baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are archrivals.
Recent Examples on the Web If Harvard prevails over its archrival and Penn wins at Princeton, there will be an unprecedented four-way tie among that quartet. John Powers,, 17 Nov. 2022 That distinction belongs — barely — to Green Bay's archrival to the south. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 After a winless start to the season and a dispiriting loss to its archrival, Liverpool needed to make a statement against Bournemouth on Saturday. Mattias KarÉn, ajc, 27 Aug. 2022 There was too much pageantry and distraction in the Blue Devils' embarrassing loss to their archrival in Coach K's final home game. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Notre Dame beat all-time archrival Assumption for the first time in the state tournament since 1994, and only the second time in school history in a best-of-five match. James Weber, The Enquirer, 5 Nov. 2022 The Nasdaq Composite fell 2%, while Amazon—Microsoft’s archrival in the cloud-computing field—saw its shares fall more than 4% by the closing bell. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 Travis is back in the lineup, and the Shamrocks seem eager for a rematch with their archrival. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2022 But what if the nightmare scenario comes true and Contreras winds up signing with the Cubs’ archrival? Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of archrival was in 1750

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“Archrival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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arch·​ri·​val (ˌ)ärch-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce archrival (audio)
: a principal rival

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