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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Recent Examples on the Web The expansion of in-person teaching is the third phase in NVUSD’s emergence from a district-wide shutdown that began in March 2020 with the arrival of COVID-19. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area and beyond: Feb. 4-10, 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 The company’s rise began with the arrival of tough-talking CEO Bob Greifeld in early 2003. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Nasdaq at 50: The company behind the tech-heavy stock index reinvents itself as a financial-tech heavyweight," 8 Feb. 2021 Looking back on his career, Trabert expressed no regrets about turning pro and disqualifying himself from further Grand Slam events before the arrival of the Open era. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Tony Trabert, a Two-Time No. 1 in Men’s Tennis, Dies at 90," 4 Feb. 2021 Their lives dramatically change with the arrival of a charming new overseer (Jack Lowden) who wants to improve the plantation for both the slaves and the mistress. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Firefly Lane’ and ‘The Snoopy Show’ top this week’s TV picks," 31 Jan. 2021 Upon arrival in Unalaska from Seattle on Wednesday night, a couple of crew members reported symptoms of COVID-19, according to Unalaska city manager Erin Reinders, who said testing began when the vessel arrived. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "20 crew members on vessel in Dutch Harbor test positive for COVID-19 in latest seafood industry outbreak," 30 Jan. 2021 Last week, Biden moved to expand on the CDC requirement and direct that federal agencies require international travelers to quarantine upon arrival in the U.S. and obtain another negative test to slow the spread of the virus. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new UK and South African variants, but plans to test new booster shot," 26 Jan. 2021 California has issued a travel advisory for nonessential travelers, including returning California residents, asking them to quarantine themselves for 10 days upon arrival in the state. Los Angeles Times, "A new post-Christmas COVID-19 surge as holidays create ‘viral wildfire’," 27 Dec. 2020 The status of the women waiting for their work authorizations recalls those of women on H-4 visas who, from its 1990 introduction until the 2015 rule change, were unable to work at all upon arrival in the U.S. NBC News, "South Asian women immigrants, some on Covid front lines, left unable to work by Trump admin," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of arrival

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arrival

Middle English arivaile, arrival "act of arriving, landing, disembarkation," borrowed from Anglo-French arrivayle, arivail, from ariver, arriver "to arrive entry 1" + -ayle, -ail, in part going back to Latin -ālis -al entry 2, in part a collective suffix going back to Latin -ālia, from neuter plural of -ālis -al entry 1

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The first known use of arrival was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Arrival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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