ar·​riv·​al | \ə-ˈrī-vəl \

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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Some new arrivals, according to Song, opened up cafés. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Parisian Bistro Is Disappearing," 12 July 2018 The chart’s second highest new arrival may come from Meek Mill with his new four-song Legends of the Summer EP. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Drake's 'Scorpion' Set for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Future Aiming for Top 3," 11 July 2018 That’s important in Florida, the insect capital of the United States and the gateway for an average of a new species arrival every month. Jack Payne,, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Advocates for considering legacy status argue that favoring the children—and, in some cases, grandchildren—of graduates helps maintain an engaged and generous alumni base and lets students serve as ambassadors to new campus arrivals. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "How Much Does Being a Legacy Help Your College Admissions Odds?," 9 July 2018 Though new arrivals to Germany and Europe have dropped off almost entirely, a backlash against immigration has brought support to nativist groups. New York Times, "Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained," 3 July 2018 The San Ysidro port of entry has had a line of asylum seekers off and on since last year when policy changes designed to keep more migrants in custody began clogging the processing system for new border arrivals. Kate Morrissey,, "Asylum seekers in Tijuana not deterred by immigration policy changes," 1 July 2018 Chia Youyee Vang, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has studied refugee communities, said the new arrivals often struggle to acclimate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some refugees resettling in America find gun violence instead of peace," 27 June 2018 The 28-year-old joins free transfers Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks, veteran goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and young promising centre-back Issa Diop on the Hammers summer arrivals list., "New West Ham Signing Reveals Excitement at Premier League Arrival After Tough Time With Dortmund," 13 July 2018

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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 \

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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