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[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buh ld] /ˈɑr tʃəˌbɔld, -bəld/
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “distinguished and bold.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sir Archibald came back, picked up the pistol, and flung it also into the pool.

    Archibald Malmaison Julian Hawthorne
  • Archibald declared he wouldn't have her any different for the world.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • Sir Archibald Bruce, a neighbouring landowner, and his wife had come, bringing their daughter Dorothy to play tennis.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • "I am sorry we are not to have the pleasure," said Archibald.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • I think he ought to have been, after I spoke myself to Mr. Archibald about it.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • "Come now, surely we can get over that difficulty," said Archibald eagerly.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
Word Origin and History for Archibald

masc. proper name, from Old High German Erchanbald, literally "genuine bold," from erchan "genuine" + bald (see bold). Archie, British World War I military slang for "German anti-aircraft fire" (1915) supposedly is from black humor of airmen dodging hostile fire and thinking of the refrain of a popular music hall song, "Archibald, certainly not!"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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