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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Upon arrival, Officer Daniel Riordan and Sergeant Nikolaus MacIntosh found seven ducklings trapped inside the drain. Emily Sweeney,, 18 May 2022 Upon arrival in Buffalo, The president and New York’s two senators were greeted by Gov. Kathy Hochul, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and local police and fire officials. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 Upon arrival, emergency responders found the teen on the railroad tracks after she was struck by an eastbound train, officials said. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 Upon arrival each contestant is given a bracelet worth $10,000. Marc Berman, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Upon arrival each contestant is given a bracelet worth $10,000. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 16 May 2022 Starting May 20, all U.S. travelers arriving to Israel by plane will no longer have to take a PCR test upon arrival and will not have to quarantine. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Upon arrival, a Family Reboot guide greets the family and informs them about their first activity: finding the key to their house for the week. Dana Rose Falcone,, 12 May 2022 The crash took place near 35th Avenue and McDowell Road at approximately 4:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found he had been struck while crossing the road midblock by an oncoming vehicle. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Arrival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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