rivalry

[ rahy-vuhl-ree ]
/ ˈraɪ vəl ri /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for rivalry

rivalry

/ (ˈraɪvəlrɪ) /

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

rivalry


n.

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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Medicine definitions for rivalry

rivalry

[ rīvəl-rē ]

n.

The state or condition of competition or antagonism.
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