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[ar-ee-vey; French a-ree-vey] /ˌær iˈveɪ; French a riˈveɪ/
noun, plural arrivés
[ar-ee-veyz; French a-ree-vey] /ˌær iˈveɪz; French a riˈveɪ/ (Show IPA)
a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.
Origin of arrivé
1920-25; < French: literally, arrived, noun use of past participle of arriver to arrive Unabridged
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  • Avoid taking even a short nap when you arrive at your destination.
  • Research your destination before you go and arrive with a good map and a list of the areas you want to visit.
  • When you ask your nav for directions, it could ask you when you absolutely must arrive at your destination.
  • Many of the rest arrive either as students or under provisions that enable family reunions.
  • As such, when white storks arrive they are met with open arms and are cause for celebration.
  • The federally funded agency predicts where tropical cyclones will go and how strong they will be when they arrive.
  • If you want to watch the ice palace go up, or even lend a hand, plan to arrive a few weeks early.
  • These gourmet doughnuts can be prepared ahead, requiring only a quick baking once your guests arrive.
  • Research teams also demonstrated robots that can help keep victims alive until human rescuers arrive.
  • But invoices, bills and statements continued to arrive on paper.
British Dictionary definitions for arrivé


verb (intransitive)
to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
(foll by at) to agree upon; reach: to arrive at a decision
to occur eventually: the moment arrived when pretence was useless
(informal) (of a baby) to be born
(informal) to attain success or gain recognition
Derived Forms
arriver, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ariver, from Vulgar Latin arrīpāre (unattested) to land, reach the bank, from Latin ad to + rīpa river bank
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Word Origin and History for arrivé



c.1200, "reach land, reach the end of a journey by sea," from Anglo-French ariver, Old French ariver (11c.) "to come to land," from Vulgar Latin *arripare "to touch the shore," from Latin ad ripam "to the shore," from ad "to" (see ad-) + ripa "shore" (see riparian). The original notion is of coming ashore after a long voyage. Of journeys other than by sea, from late 14c. Sense of "to come to a position or state of mind" is from late 14c. Related: Arrived; arriving.

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Slang definitions & phrases for arrivé



To successfully establish one's position or reputation (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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