from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place or collection containing records, documents, or other materials of historical interest.
  • noun A long-term storage area, often on magnetic tape, for backup copies of files or for files that are no longer in active use.
  • noun A file containing one or more files in compressed format for more efficient storage and transfer.
  • noun A repository for stored memories or information.
  • transitive verb To place or store in an archive.
  • transitive verb Computers To copy or compress (a file) into an archive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place where public records or other historical documents are kept: now only in the plural.
  • noun A record or document preserved in evidence of something; in the plural, documents or records relating to the rights, privileges, claims, treaties, constitutions, etc., of a family, corporation, community, or nation.
  • noun Synonyms Record-office, registry.
  • noun Registers, chronicles, annals, muniments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The place in which public records or historic documents are kept.
  • noun Public records or documents preserved as evidence of facts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A place for storing earlier, and often historical, material. An archive usually contains documents (letters, records, newspapers, etc.) or other types of media kept for historical interest.
  • noun The material so kept, considered as a whole (compare archives).
  • verb To put into an archive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a depository containing historical records and documents
  • verb put into an archive


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From French archives, from Latin archīva, from Greek arkheia, pl. of arkheion, town hall, from arkhē, government, from arkhein, to rule.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French archives, from Latin archīvum, from Ancient Greek ἀρχεῖον (arkheion, "town hall").


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