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[rahy-vuh l-ree] /ˈraɪ vəl ri/
noun, plural rivalries.
the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition:
rivalry between Yale and Harvard.
an instance of this.
Origin of rivalry
1590-1600; rival + -ry
1. opposition, antagonism; jealousy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rivalry
  • There is a fierce rivalry here over who exactly dropped the first burrito into a vat of hot oil and thus invented the chimichanga.
  • Grand theories are always open to correction, and other grand theories stand in rivalry.
  • It was built on the notion that economic integration would overcome war and national rivalry.
  • It wasn't cut throats or any rivalry among competing teams.
  • The warning was generally dismissed as inter-forum rivalry.
  • Yep, forty-some years later, sibling rivalry still has its funny side.
  • Their cold-war rivalry could have incinerated the planet and made the cinders bounce.
  • The race may have started a rivalry between the two horses.
  • In theory, binocular rivalry is a simple phenomenon.
  • Moreover, the two agencies have a history of rivalry that limits how much information they share with each other.
British Dictionary definitions for rivalry


noun (pl) -ries
the act of rivalling; competition
the state of being a rival or rivals
Derived Forms
rivalrous, 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rivalry in Medicine

rivalry ri·val·ry (rī'vəl-rē)
The state or condition of competition or antagonism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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