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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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Examples from the Web for non-arrival
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  • Mr. Galloway was fuming and fretting at the non-arrival of his clerk, Mr. Jenkins.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Halleck alone is responsible for the non-arrival of the pontoons.

  • But the non-arrival of the foe caused a relaxation of vigilance.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • And the non-arrival of the Himalayan rabbits was only another nail in his coffin.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Melanie was neither surprised nor disappointed at the non-arrival of her cousins.

  • Colonel Shepard was there, very impatient at the non-arrival of his letters.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I sent a night message telling of his non-arrival and asking for particulars.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • We have been in great distress, really in distress, at the non-arrival of the Caledonia.

  • He was somewhat at a loss to account for their non-arrival on Sunday.

    Grit A-Plenty Dillon Wallace
  • The delay was caused by the non-arrival of the Master of the Hounds.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for non-arrival


the act or time of arriving
a person or thing that arrives or has arrived
the reaching of a condition or objective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for non-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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