noun, plural ri·val·ries.

the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition: rivalry between Yale and Harvard.
an instance of this.

Origin of rivalry

First recorded in 1590–1600; rival + -ry

Synonyms for rivalry

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Contemporary Examples of rivalry

Historical Examples of rivalry

  • Then their rivalry shall be not a curse, but a blessing to this land of England.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He could have no fear of such a rivalry, however unpleasant at the moment!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • Well, I'll relieve your lordship, as you have relieved me, from all fear of rivalry.

  • By the good people that taught you to think our rivalry blood-red.


    William D. Howells

  • It was because he who commanded the vessel was so superior as to find in her no rivalry.

British Dictionary definitions for rivalry


noun plural -ries

the act of rivalling; competition
the state of being a rival or rivals
Derived Formsrivalrous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rivalry

1590s; from rival + -ry. Shakespeare has rivality ("Antony and Cleopatra"), but from the secondary sense of the root word and meaning "partnership, equality in rank."

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rivalry in Medicine




The state or condition of competition or antagonism.
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