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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According to Vanity Fair, the Duchess of Sussex is readying herself for her baby's arrival in multiple holistic ways, including using acupuncture, practicing natural birth techniques, and enlisting the services of a doula. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle, Like Her Sister-in-Law Kate Middleton, Is Reportedly Planning for a Natural Birth," 6 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesChris Jackson Meghan Markle hasn't just been prepping her new house for the arrival of the new baby—which, since the baby is due in the spring, needs to get done ASAP. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Been Working with a Doula As She Preps for Her First Delivery," 1 Feb. 2019 On both occasions, royal fans could be seen waiting at the gates for the Queen's arrival: Just this week it was revealed that the Queen has bestowed Meghan Markle with her first four royal patronages. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Attends Church in Sandringham Wearing a Bright Purple Ensemble," 13 Jan. 2019 As the world waits on pins and needles for the arrival or Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first baby, here's something fun to hold us over: a new image of their temporary home, a farmhouse in Cotswold. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Prefer Cotswolds Farmhouse To Nottingham Cottage," 10 Jan. 2019 The concave surface would pick up the drone of airship engines before the human ear could, giving time for air and civil defense forces to prepare for the zeppelin's arrival. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Huge Concrete “Mirrors” That Helped the U.K. Predict Air Raids During World War I," 10 Jan. 2019 The Department of Defense is already sending thousands of troops to the border to prepare for the caravan’s arrival. Dara Lind, Vox, "Border Patrol agents now have to ask everyone they catch if they’re part of the caravan," 2 Nov. 2018 For the first time ever, there's actually a reason to get excited for the arrival of all things icy and cold. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Holiday Collection: See All the Products," 5 Oct. 2018 After talking about her unique talent, Clinton made a joke about Franklin's golden ensemble and said that those above better watch out for the stylish diva's arrival. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin's funeral attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ariana Grande and Faith Hill perform," 31 Aug. 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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