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[uh-rahy-vuh l] /əˈraɪ vəl/
an act of arriving; a coming:
His arrival was delayed by traffic.
the reaching or attainment of any object or condition:
arrival at a peace treaty.
the person or thing that arrives or has arrived:
First arrivals will be the first seated.
Origin of arrival
1350-1400; arrive + -al2; replacing Middle English arivaille < Middle French
Related forms
nonarrival, noun
1. advent. Unabridged
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  • If a packet doesn't reach its destination, it will be sent and re-sent until its arrival is confirmed.
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  • It is an old debate, but one that has been given a new twist by the arrival of the euro.
  • But that means travellers lose the benefit of a downtown arrival, often touted as an advantage of trains.
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  • Countries were you can get a visa on arrival for free are practically equivalent to visa free.
  • The flight back always came as a shock, as was the arrival itself.
  • The anticipation of its arrival creates quite a stir.
  • The arrival of the reptiles has prompted the opening of a breeding center, where the new additions will live.
  • In fact, the weather is clear and sunny on arrival and the views are spectacular.
British Dictionary definitions for arrival


the act or time of arriving
a person or thing that arrives or has arrived
the reaching of a condition or objective
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Word Origin and History for arrival

late 14c., from Anglo-French arrivaille, from Old French arriver (see arrive). Arrivage (late 14c.) also was used.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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