arch·ri·val | \ -ˈrī-vəl \

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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The host Explorers advanced Monday with a 2-1 triumph over archrival and No. Rick O'brien,, "Father Judge beats Neumann-Goretti with six-run seventh in Catholic League quarterfinal," 21 May 2018 In addition to attacking May on Brexit, President Trump also praised her archrival, Boris Johnson, as a potential future prime minister while attacking London’s mayor as soft on crime and terrorism. Felicia Gans,, "Here are five things Trump talked about in his interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 The conviction means that Zia, the archrival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, can be barred from running in December elections. Fox News, "Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds bail for opposition leader," 17 May 2018 In one significant departure from his past, Sadr has been openly critical of Iran, and even made a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, archrival of Tehran. David S. Cloud,, "U.S. tested by victory in Iraqi election of Sadr, once an intractable foe," 15 May 2018 His opponents called on a new Socialist leadership to allow his archrival, Mr. Rajoy, to continue in office. New York Times, "Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s New Leader, Returns From the Political Wilderness," 3 June 2018 Next summer, the New York Yankees will play their archrivals, the Boston Red Sox, in London. Chris Stokel-walker,, "Cricket races to save itself from years of declining popularity," 14 May 2018 Tensions between the two regional archrivals came to a head last week after missiles were launched from Syria targeted Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "All 'foreign forces' to leave Syria, Putin tells Assad," 18 May 2018 But Delta has sustained a far higher level of profitability than archrivals American and United Continental: Its operating margin of 15% reigns as best of the Big Three. Fortune, "Delta Air Lines," 29 Mar. 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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