Definition of arrival in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of arriving.

    ‘Ruth's arrival in New York’
    ‘he was dead on arrival at hospital’
    • ‘On arrival PC Hargreaves was met by relatives who told him the doors were locked.’
    • ‘Her first impressions on arrival was the scenic beauty, the lovely animals and the freshness of the air.’
    • ‘And I got away with it, even though I omitted to get my entry declaration stamped on arrival in Russia.’
    • ‘The doctor who examined him on arrival at Bagram reported him in good health.’
    • ‘If a person needs a crutch on arrival, why doesn't he need it on departure?’
    • ‘You can a get a discount on your King House tour if you show your Boyle Abbey entry ticket on arrival.’
    • ‘On arrival police assaulted people standing outside of the centre, beating them heavily.’
    • ‘On arrival I was handed a letter all the way from my mother in Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland.’
    • ‘And on arrival in the Czech Republic they were put up in a penthouse suite at the Panorama Hotel.’
    • ‘The price is based on two people sharing self-catering accommodation, which will be allocated on arrival.’
    • ‘Barcelona's bilingual nature is immediately obvious on arrival in the city.’
    • ‘The team was given a great reception on arrival back in Swinford with the Cup.’
    • ‘The civic party will stay in the Hotel Gottler and be welcomed on arrival on March 27 by German civic dignitaries.’
    • ‘It had been pre-booked and the event organiser paid in advance on arrival.’
    • ‘In his notebook Gradowski described his journey by train to the camp and the selection process on arrival.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, South African nationals have been arrested on arrival in Dublin Airport.’
    • ‘We strolled along the mown grass on a long trail around the grounds lasting about an hour and a half, guided by a leaflet handed to us on arrival.’
    • ‘Her arrival was greeted by a heartwarming display of affection from the people of Edinburgh.’
    • ‘And I recall that the last two times I have flown, one of my bags was missing on arrival.’
    • ‘Apart from hugs and kisses on arrival and departure there has never been anything physical between us.’
    • ‘He said the public is also being asked to attend at the nurses' station on arrival, before visiting the wards.’
    coming, advent, appearance, entrance, entry, materialization, approach
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A person who has arrived somewhere.
      ‘hotel staff greeted the late arrivals’
      • ‘Low employment among much of the immigrant population destroys the argument for further arrivals, he argues.’
      • ‘We stood at their side, silent, until they excused themselves, to greet the next crop of arrivals.’
      • ‘Visitor arrivals in the first three months of this year have shown year-on-year increases.’
      • ‘The government introduced the visa-on-arrival facility in 1993 to drum up tourist arrivals.’
      • ‘It was forecast that tourist arrivals would keep increasing every year.’
      • ‘However growth in visitor arrivals has slowed over the last few years, resulting in a slower tax growth.’
      • ‘Ever since it was set up in 1997, tourist arrivals have shown a marked increase.’
      • ‘We must not allow our immigration policy to be subverted by unchecked illegal arrivals.’
      • ‘Wrap inexpensive presents for every guest and keep a few spare gifts for unexpected arrivals.’
      • ‘Visitor arrivals fell by 15 per cent in March and could fall more in April.’
      • ‘At the small terminal, arrivals were greeted with traditional leis made from tropical flowers.’
      • ‘Admittedly there has been a recent significant downturn in foreign tourist arrivals.’
      • ‘Should we expect hordes of eager Western tourists to start clogging up the arrivals halls at Bulgaria's airports?’
      • ‘Tourism experts last year said arrivals had dropped in 2003 to about to 30 percent of the usual flow.’
      • ‘St Mary's Church, Bennekery, has had many passing visitors over the years but the latest arrivals have come to stay!’
      • ‘Between these newcomers and the earlier arrivals, things are no longer going well.’
      • ‘Castle Gardens was converted into an immigration centre to register the huge numbers of arrivals.’
      • ‘There were six other passengers with a couple more waiting for arrivals.’
      • ‘Always have a list of projects ready for overnight guests or early arrivals who volunteer to help.’
      • ‘About 500 people were on hand to greet them at the arrivals terminal.’
      comer, entrant, newcomer, new boy, new girl, incomer
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    2. 1.2The emergence or appearance of a new development or product.
      ‘the arrival of democracy’
      • ‘The arrival of the Black Death brought social and economic chaos, from which not even the Minster was immune.’
      • ‘One of the first arrivals in the UK will be the Renault Logan, produced in Romania.’
      • ‘The arrival of the railway in 1849 led to major development throughout the area.’
      • ‘Li Yinhe said the government had not yet comprehended the arrival of the sexual revolution.’
      • ‘The arrival of synthetic products may have pushed bamboo and cane out of the front rows in the market.’
      • ‘The arrival of spring marked the launch of the assault on the South Pole.’
      • ‘Gorbachev's arrival as Soviet premier, however, had dire consequences for Bulgarian wine.’
      • ‘The arrival of the disease in the country would drastically reduce the profits of some of Brazil's largest meat exporters.’
      • ‘Opodo was a late arrival in the online travel business and racked up huge losses.’
      • ‘The arrival of spring has put people in the mood for going out for a breath of fresh air away from urban centres.’
      • ‘The eventual arrival of Metrolink will also help attract more spectators and more participants to SportCity.’
      • ‘The arrival of peace can immediately improve the environment for development.’
      • ‘Some outbreaks had been reported in Yorkshire and so virulent was the disease that its arrival in Craven was seen as inevitable.’
      • ‘Which has become the most popular shooting sport in many countries since its arrival on the British market in 1989.’
      • ‘I really never thought this would all happen with Latham's arrival as Labour leader.’
      • ‘It was just one store, but its arrival in this country changed the game completely.’
      • ‘But Mr Howard's arrival as Opposition leader had evened things up all round.’
      • ‘The arrival on the market of DVD writers complicates matters even further.’
      emergence, advent, coming, materialization, surfacing, occurrence, dawn, origin, birth, rise, springing up, development, start, onset, inauguration
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    3. 1.3[count noun]A newly emerged development or product.
      ‘sociology is a relatively new arrival on the academic scene’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French arrivaille, from Old French arriver (see arrive).