arch·​ri·​val | \ -ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce archrival (audio) \

Definition of archrival

: a principal rival

Examples of archrival in a Sentence

In baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are archrivals.

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Its archrival is Farfetch, an online marketplace for 500 independent luxury boutiques and 200 brands that also owns the bricks-and-mortar store Browns in London. Elizabeth Paton And Chad Bray, New York Times, "Richemont, Doubling Down on Online Luxury, May Buy Yoox Net-a-Porter," 22 Jan. 2018 Then Donald pulled on a curly black wig to pose as his archrival McIlroy, a perennial media darling with the gift of gab. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 That conviction means that Zia, the archrival of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, could be barred from running in December national elections. Washington Post, "Bangladesh opposition leader Zia critically ill, aide says," 19 June 2018 Win, however, and Mr. Son will walk away with not only a gold medal and the satisfaction of vanquishing his country’s archrivals, but also an exemption from the bulk of military duty, freeing him to play at his athletic peak. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "South Korean Soccer Star Needs to Beat Japan or Report for Duty," 30 Aug. 2018 For the first time, Velazquez’s longtime employer, Telemundo, one of the main Spanish-language broadcast networks in the United States, had wrested away World Cup broadcast rights from Univision, its archrival. James Wagner, New York Times, "Telemundo Has a Big Goal: Win the World Cup," 23 June 2018 Al-Moallem said Israel is making false claims to try and pressure Iran, its archrival. Washington Post, "Syria FM: Iran has no combat forces, bases in the country," 2 June 2018 Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara’s rapprochement with its archrival, Iran. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey seeks answers from Saudi Arabia on missing journalist," 8 Oct. 2018 Twitch’s archrival, YouTube Gaming, averaged 272,000 concurrent viewers, down from 308,000 in the previous quarter, Streamlabs reported. John Herrman, New York Times, "Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games," 17 June 2018

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1750, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of archrival

: someone's chief rival or opponent

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a strong desire or propensity

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