[ em-yuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛm yəˈleɪ ʃən /


effort or desire to equal or excel others.
Obsolete. jealous rivalry.

Nearby words

  1. emu oil,
  2. emu parade,
  3. emu-bob,
  4. emu-wren,
  5. emulate,
  6. emulator,
  7. emulgens,
  8. emulgent,
  9. emulous,
  10. emulously

Origin of emulation

First recorded in 1545–55, emulation is from the Latin word aemulātiōn- (stem of aemulātiō). See emulate, -ion

Related formsnon·em·u·la·tion, nouno·ver·em·u·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for emulation


/ (ˌɛmjʊˈleɪʃən) /


the act of emulating or imitating
the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
archaic jealous rivalry
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Word Origin and History for emulation



1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio), from past participle stem of aemulari "to rival, strive to excel," from aemulus "striving, rivaling" (also as a noun, "a rival," fem. aemula), from Proto-Italic *aimo-, from PIE *aim-olo, from root *aim- "copy" (see imitation).

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