Archive Ar"chive, n.; pl. {Archives}. [F. archives, pl., L. archivum, archium, fr. Gr. ? government house, ? ? archives, fr. ? the first place, government. See {Archi-}, pref.] 1. pl. The place in which public records or historic documents are kept. [1913 Webster]

Our words . . . . become records in God's court, and are laid up in his archives as witnesses. --Gov. of Tongue. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Public records or documents preserved as evidence of facts; as, the archives of a country or family. [1913 Webster] [Rarely used in sing.] [1913 Webster]

Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom explored press. --Lamb. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Registers; records; chronicles. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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