[uhn-rahy-vuh ld]


having no rival or competitor; having no equal; incomparable; supreme: His work is unrivaled for the beauty of its prose.

Also especially British, un·ri·valled.

Origin of unrivaled

1585–95; un-1 + rivaled
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Examples from the Web for unrivalled

Historical Examples of unrivalled

  • But the finest object in this city is the quay, which is unrivalled by any I have seen.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • On poor land they are unrivalled, except perhaps by the small Highlanders.

  • All the divinity of a god beams through this unrivalled perfection of form.

  • Lady Faulconcourt, art thou to be hailed as the unrivalled mother?'

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • In knowledge of the Traditions, in devotion, in piety, he was unrivalled.

British Dictionary definitions for unrivalled


US unrivaled


having no equal; matchless
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Word Origin and History for unrivalled

also unrivaled, 1590s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of rival (v.).

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