Origin of rival

1570–80; < Latin rīvālis orig., one who uses a stream in common with another, equivalent to rīv(us) stream + -ālis -al1
Related formsri·val·less, adjectivenon·ri·val, noun, adjectiveout·ri·val, verb (used with object), out·ri·valed, out·ri·val·ing or (especially British) out·ri·valled, out·ri·val·ling.un·ri·val·ing, adjectiveun·ri·val·ling, adjective

Synonyms for rival

1. contestant, emulator, antagonist. See opponent. 4. competitive, opposed. 5. oppose. 7. match, emulate.

Antonyms for rival

1. ally.

Rivals, The

noun

a comedy of manners (1775) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
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Examples from the Web for rivals

Contemporary Examples of rivals

Historical Examples of rivals

  • After that there are usually two rivals, and she marries one of them—that's three.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Were they his rivals, he found the perfect word for their merits and shortcomings.

  • But that terrible monopoly, the Paris-Lyon-Mditerrane, will tolerate no rivals.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We have been foes and rivals; why should not our path be the same?

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • As rivals, things would be wonderfully fair and even between us.


British Dictionary definitions for rivals

rival

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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Word Origin and History for rivals

rival

n.

1570s, from Latin rivalis "a rival, adversary in love; neighbor," originally, "of the same brook," from rivus "brook" (see rivulet). "One who is in pursuit of the same object as another." The sense evolution seems to be based on the competitiveness of neighbors: "one who uses the same stream," or "one on the opposite side of the stream" A secondary sense in Latin and sometimes in English was "associate, companion in duty," from the notion of "one having a common right or privilege with another." As an adjective 1580s from the noun.

rival

v.

c.1600, from rival (n.). Related: Rivaled; rivaling.

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