- pl.The place in which public records or historic documents are kept."Our words . . . . become records in God's court, and are laid up in his archives as witnesses." [Gov. of Tongue.]
- pl.Public records or documents preserved as evidence of facts; as, the archives of a country or family.(Rarely used in sing.
)"Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom explored press." [Lamb.]synonyms: Registers; records; chronicles.
Etymology: F. archives, pl., L. archivum archium, fr. Gr. � government house, � � archives, fr. � the first place, government. See Archi- pref