Words I Love 60 – Archive

New word today…





noun: archive; plural noun: archives
  1. 1.
    a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.
    “a section of archive film”
    synonyms: records, annals, chronicles, registers, accounts; More

    • the place where historical documents or records are kept.
      “they were allowed to study in the archives”
      synonyms: record office, registry, repository, museum, chancery

      “more and more museums, archives, and libraries are becoming independent”
    • a complete record of the data in part or all of a computer system, stored on an infrequently used medium.


verb: archive; 3rd person present: archives; past tense: archived; past participle:archived; gerund or present participle: archiving
  1. 1.
    place or store (something) in an archive.
    synonyms: file, log, catalogue, pigeonhole; More

      transfer (data) to a less frequently used storage medium such as magnetic tape.
      “the entire directory will be archived”


early 17th century (in the sense ‘place where records are kept’): from French archives(plural), from Latin archiva, archia, from Greek arkheia ‘public records’, from arkhē‘government’. The verb dates from the late 19th century.

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