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 formsnon·ar·riv·al, noun

Synonyms for arrival

1. advent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrival

Contemporary Examples of arrival

Historical Examples of arrival

  • The morning after his arrival, Artaphernes had a private audience with his royal master.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The public offices at Albany were finished shortly after my arrival.

  • Mr. Forrest had passed through Adelaide one day before his arrival.

  • I awaited the arrival of the party, which should reach here this morning.

  • Only the arrival of Christine and her fiance saved his philosophy from complete rout.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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.

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