Origin of rival

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin rīvālis originally, “one who uses a stream in common with another,” equivalent to rīv(us) “stream” + -ālis-al1

synonym study for rival

1. See opponent.

OTHER WORDS FROM rival

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British Dictionary definitions for rival

rival
/ (ˈraɪvəl) /

noun

  1. a person, organization, team, etc, that competes with another for the same object or in the same field
  2. (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

verb -vals, -valling or -valled or US -vals, -valing or -valed (tr)

to be the equal or near equal ofan empire that rivalled Rome
to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry

Word Origin for rival

C16: from Latin rīvalis, literally: one who shares the same brook, from rīvus a brook
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