ar·​riv·​al | \ ə-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce arrival (audio) \

Definition of arrival

1 : the act of arriving
2 : the attainment of an end or state
3 : one that has recently arrived new arrivals

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Examples of arrival in a Sentence

They were awaiting the arrival of guests. When is the mail scheduled for arrival? They track the number of airport arrivals and departures. They were late arrivals at the party. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their wedding day. the changes that occur with the arrival of spring the arrival of new technology
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There's nothing like the arrival of spring to inspire a new look, and for hair-color enthusiasts (like myself), that often means a fresh new shade. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ash Mauve Hair Is the Smoky New Hair-Color Trend For Spring," 5 Apr. 2019 The Duke of Sussex, who is expecting the imminent arrival of his first child, visited the YMCA in south Ealing today to view their services and hear from those working in the field. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Makes a Strong Statement About How Addictive Social Media Can Be," 3 Apr. 2019 With just a few weeks to go until the arrival of their first child, Meghan and Harry have stepped back from their official royal vists, but made a surprise appearance earlier in the week. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Started Wearing Prince Harry's Clothes Over Her Baby Bump," 2 Apr. 2019 But what the president and his daughter want to offer is a pittance compared to what women need after the arrival of a new child. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 The spike in arrivals was so sudden that some people last month slept on the streets, finding no space in camps. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 Georgiou and Section 31 are alarmed by the appearance of several red bursts, which typically signal the arrival of the red angel. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018 As is typical of Kate's royal engagements, both the media and the public gathered outside the charity Family Action Tuesday morning to catch a glimpse of the future queen’s arrival. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Experiences as a Mother Have Profoundly Shaped Her Focus for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Much has changed in the decade since Altuzarra’s arrival on the New York scene. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Altuzarra Is 10! To Celebrate, the Designer Is Reissuing His Friends’ Favorite Archival Pieces," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of arrival

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of arrival

: the act of coming to or reaching a place : the act of arriving
: someone or something that has come to a place : someone or something that has arrived
: the time when something begins or happens


ar·​riv·​al | \ ə-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce arrival (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrival

1 : the act of reaching a place
2 : the time when something begins or happens the arrival of spring
3 : a person or thing that has come to a place

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an act or instance of returning to life

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