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.

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However, the reality is that war between India and Pakistan would be an expensive and bloody slog with no clear winner, thanks to a balance of military power between the archrivals. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "Like Pakistan, India may soon face the catastrophic costs of steroid-driven nationalism," 3 Sep. 2019 Bale, like the team, endured a difficult time with Real finishing 19 points behind archrival and champion Barcelona in third place. James Masters, CNN, "Real Madrid hit for seven by Atletico as Gareth Bale linked with move to China," 27 July 2019 Her conviction means that Zia, the opposition leader and archrival of the current prime minister, could be barred from running in December national elections. Washington Post, "Bangladesh ex-PM appeals 5-year jail sentence in graft case," 20 Feb. 2018 In three of his past five seasons as a head coach (at Florida in 2013 and South Carolina in 2016 and 2018), his program’s biggest in-state archrival – Florida State or Clemson -- won the national championship. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "At SEC media days, Will Muschamp says this is his best football team yet at South Carolina," 17 July 2019 His rule ended in 1990, when he was ousted in a mass uprising led by Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, two archrivals who have been ruling Bangladesh intermittently since its return to democracy in 1991. Julhas Alam, Washington Post, "Hussain Muhammad Ershad, former Bangladeshi military dictator, dies at 89," 15 July 2019 During the election campaign, Modi played up the threat of Pakistan, India’s Muslim-majority neighbor and archrival, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir on Feb. 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "India’s marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday," 20 May 2019 Sotheby’s, which is publicly traded, has lost out to its privately held archrival for several headline-grabbing consignments. New York Times, "Why Sotheby’s Agreed to Be Bought by a Telecom Executive for $3.7 Billion," 17 June 2019 Don’t think for one second Ed Sedar’s Milwaukee Brewers were knocking their knees and quaking in their cleats when the archrival Cubs spent $43 million on closer Craig Kimbrel. George Castle, Lake County News-Sun, "Sedar's point: Waukegan West grad Ed Sedar rides the wave as Milwaukee Brewers’ third base coach," 13 June 2019

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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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