arch·​ri·​val | \ (ˌ)ärch-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.
Recent Examples on the Web A few years later, Hamill spent a short stint as editor-in-chief of the Post's archrival, the New York Daily News. Thalia Beaty, Star Tribune, "Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies," 5 Aug. 2020 To this day, my biggest thrill in sports was scoring the winning goal against our high school archrival Walpole in a 1-0 victory. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Tiger Richie Hebner dug graves for 35 years: 'Guess I like working with stiffs'," 13 July 2020 Walgreens' archrival, CVS, has invested in its own in-store clinical services brand called MinuteClinic, which is offered at about 1,100 locations. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Walgreens to open 500 to 700 in-store clinics with primary care doctors in deal with VillageMD," 9 July 2020 President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers two years ago, launching a maximum pressure campaign against Iran that has pushed the archrivals to the verge of conflict repeatedly. Nasser Karimi, Anchorage Daily News, "Friendly-fire incident during training exercise kills at least 19 Iranian sailors," 11 May 2020 Top officials from the B.J.P. told Delhi’s voters that a vote for the opposing A.A.P. was tantamount to a vote for Pakistan, the Islamic republic and archrival next door. New York Times, "In Bitter Delhi Election, Modi’s Party Suffers a Setback," 11 Feb. 2020 Joe Biden enjoyed big early Super Tuesday wins, with Virginia and North Carolina called for the former vice president while his archrival, Bernie Sanders secured only his home state of Vermont. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Warning signs for Sanders in Texas and Oklahoma: Latest Super Tuesday updates," 3 Mar. 2020 Beach and eats Nantucket is all beach, and in contrast to its archrival, Martha’s Vineyard, nearly 100 percent of its roughly 80-mile shoreline, though privately owned, is open to the public. New York Times, "Nantucket for Cheapskates," 25 June 2019 That dynamic may not be truer anywhere than the Bluegrass State where archrivals Kentucky and Louisville are trending toward a head-to-head battle for a two or three seed in next month’s tournament. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Who has the better NCAA Tournament resume, Kentucky or Louisville basketball? You decide," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of archrival

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Archrival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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: someone's chief rival or opponent

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