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.

Nearby words

  1. ritzy,
  2. riv.,
  3. rivage,
  4. rival,
  5. rivalrous,
  6. rivals, the,
  7. rive,
  8. rivel,
  9. riven,
  10. river

Origin of rivalry

First recorded in 1590–1600; rival + -ry

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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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Medicine definitions for rivalry




The state or condition of competition or antagonism.

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