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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PCIe 5's arrival date in actual PC hardware is anyone's guess. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The PCI Express 5.0 spec will bring 128 gigabytes per second to your PC, someday," 30 May 2019 Before Tisci’s arrival, even fashion die-hards might have been hard-pressed to identify the original Mr. Burberry’s first name. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Talks Monograms and the Importance of “Humanizing” the Burberry Label," 22 May 2019 The 17-year-old from Pittsburgh once sat on her front porch monitoring how closely a friend’s arrival aligned with Google Maps’ projected trip time. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "On My Way! Smartphones Are Turning Us Into Liars," 16 May 2019 Whether traditionalists like it or not, the joy, excitement—and, yes, the media coverage—surrounding the new royal baby’s arrival doesn’t just belong to Brits, but to Americans, too. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Controversy Behind Who Got to Cover Meghan and Harry’s Royal Baby Reveal," 8 May 2019 The store's arrival dates correspond to the dates on their world tour, which kicks off on May 4th at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS Is Opening a Limited Time Pop-Up Merch Store," 29 Apr. 2019 The scene opens with a young boy running on the grounds of Winterfell to watch Jon and Daenerys’s arrival. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Apr. 2019 In his arrival speech to Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Francis praised the Christian spirit that allowed the country to endure two Soviet occupations and the World War II-era occupation by Nazi Germany. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope praises Latvia's Christian roots in enduring occupation," 24 Sep. 2018 After releasing Yakuza 0 on PC this week ($20 on Humble) and with plans to release Kiwami before the end of the year, now Siliconera has spotted references to Yakuza 6’s arrival on PC sometime in 2019. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Valve's finally releasing a game again, Yakuza 6 might come to PC," 3 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 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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