1. [syn: archive, file away]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
Our words . . . . become records in God's court, and
are laid up in his archives as witnesses. --Gov. of
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.]
Some rotten archive, rummaged out of some seldom
explored press. --Lamb.
Syn: Registers; records; chronicles.