[ em-yuh-luh s ]
/ ˈɛm yə ləs /


desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation: boys emulous of their fathers.
arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes.
Obsolete. jealous; envious.

Origin of emulous

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin aemulus vying with; see -ulous

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British Dictionary definitions for emulous


/ (ˈɛmjʊləs) /


desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
archaic envious or jealous

Derived Forms

emulously, adverbemulousness, noun

Word Origin for emulous

C14: from Latin aemulus rivalling; see emulate
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