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  1. an act of arriving; a coming: His arrival was delayed by traffic.
  2. the reaching or attainment of any object or condition: arrival at a peace treaty.
  3. the person or thing that arrives or has arrived: First arrivals will be the first seated.
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Origin of arrival

1350–1400; arrive + -al2; replacing Middle English arivaille < Middle French
Related formsnon·ar·riv·al, noun

Synonyms for arrival

1. advent.
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Historical Examples of non-arrival

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for non-arrival


  1. the act or time of arriving
  2. a person or thing that arrives or has arrived
  3. the reaching of a condition or objective
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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.

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