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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
  • Jack flushed with pleasure to find that the great Archibald Grahame had heard of him.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Sir Archibald Bruce, a neighbouring landowner, and his wife had come, bringing their daughter Dorothy to play tennis.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • If I'd known you would be so rude to a lady, I should have sent Archibald to speak with you.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • I think he ought to have been, after I spoke myself to Mr. Archibald about it.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • The Deans proclamation had been elicited by some remark of Sir Archibald.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
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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