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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Not to over-hype the new kid reporting to the big leagues Monday, but Luzardo’s arrival is ominous for the other A.L. wild-card hopefuls. Scott Ostler,, "A’s threatening to cross line between irritant and nightmare," 8 Sep. 2019 Smith is Mariota’s fourth offensive coordinator and fifth play-caller with Tennessee, but he's been with the Titans the entire time under previous coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey and stayed on after Mike Vrabel’s arrival last season. Si Wire,, "Browns vs. Titans Live Stream: Watch Week 1 Online, TV Channel, Time," 8 Sep. 2019 Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the ship’s arrival. New York Times, "A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American," 7 Sep. 2019 Brown’s arrival gives the Patriots one of the most potent receiving corps in the league with Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Demaryius Thomas. Jim Mcbride,, "Patriots sign Antonio Brown," 7 Sep. 2019 With vivid memories of that storm on residents’ minds, people in New Bern, N.C., put sandbags around homes and businesses and moved vehicles to higher ground in preparation for Dorian’s arrival. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Dorian spurs floods, tornadoes in Carolinas as hurricane continues its disastrous trek northward," 7 Sep. 2019 Dating back to Saban’s arrival in 2007, Alabama is 10-22 against the spread in games against non-Power 5 teams. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How historically lopsided Alabama-New Mexico State appears," 5 Sep. 2019 Before Guru Gobind’s arrival at Talwandi, two of the Guru’s sons were bricked alive at Sirhind and two laid down their lives at Chamkaur Sahib. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 Chefs in Chicago and Milwaukee were featuring the Beaver Dam Pepper in restaurant specials, to celebrate the centennial year of the plant’s arrival. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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