- a person who is competing for the same object or goal as another, or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.
- a person or thing that is in a position to dispute another's preeminence or superiority: a stadium without a rival.
- Obsolete. a companion in duty.
- competing or standing in rivalry: rival suitors; rival businesses.
- to engage in rivalry; compete.
Origin of rival
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- a comedy of manners (1775) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Examples from the Web for rivals
The Kentucky Republican also mentioned several potential GOP rivals in 2016.Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances
December 23, 2014
He said the news of his appointment was not true, that it was disinformation spread by “some intelligence agency and my rivals.”ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
Jeep steadily gave up a market it had created to rivals, particularly Toyota and Range Rover.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
Pulling them together is not about establishing a team of rivals, but a team of enemies.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
September 23, 2014
Case in point—a Normandy estate that is making cider that rivals the area's fine wine.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
After that there are usually two rivals, and she marries one of them—that's three.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Were they his rivals, he found the perfect word for their merits and shortcomings.The Man Shakespeare
But that terrible monopoly, the Paris-Lyon-Mditerrane, will tolerate no rivals.In the Heart of Vosges
We have been foes and rivals; why should not our path be the same?Calderon The Courtier
As rivals, things would be wonderfully fair and even between us.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- a person, organization, team, etc, that competes with another for the same object or in the same field
- (as modifier)rival suitors; a rival company
- a person or thing that is considered the equal of another or othersshe is without rival in the field of economics
- to be the equal or near equal ofan empire that rivalled Rome
- to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry
Word Origin and History for rivals
1570s, from Latin rivalis "a rival, adversary in love; neighbor," originally, "of the same brook," from rivus "brook" (see rivulet). "One who is in pursuit of the same object as another." The sense evolution seems to be based on the competitiveness of neighbors: "one who uses the same stream," or "one on the opposite side of the stream" A secondary sense in Latin and sometimes in English was "associate, companion in duty," from the notion of "one having a common right or privilege with another." As an adjective 1580s from the noun.
c.1600, from rival (n.). Related: Rivaled; rivaling.