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[em-yuh-luh s] /ˈɛm yə ləs/
desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation:
boys emulous of their fathers.
arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes.
Obsolete. jealous; envious.
Origin of emulous
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin aemulus vying with; see -ulous
Related forms
emulously, adverb
emulousness, noun
nonemulous, adjective
nonemulously, adverb
nonemulousness, noun
unemulous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for emulous
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  • Just exactly same as emulous Dodd wears when he's runnin' a funeral.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • emulous of the name of Brutus, I am above the titles of a Tarquin!

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • There is yet another form of entertainment which emulous Ostentation has destroyed.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • Every one was emulous to contribute all that could be contributed to their succour and support.

  • The dame often cited her as the best example to the succeeding tribe of emulous youngsters.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity.

  • The emulous brig brought in ten yesterday, and 30,000 dollars were found on board some of them.

  • But by their offence salvation is come to the Gentiles, that they may be emulous of them.

  • Every mariner now was emulous to be the lookout, every man kept eyes on the west.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • There is no end to the absurdities that they will commit, when this emulous devil possesses them.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for emulous


desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
(archaic) envious or jealous
Derived Forms
emulously, adverb
emulousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin aemulus rivalling; see emulate
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Word Origin and History for emulous

late 14c., from Latin aemulus, from aemulari (see emulation). Related: Emulously.

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