noun, plural ri·val·ries.

  1. the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition: rivalry between Yale and Harvard.
  2. an instance of this.

noun plural -ries

  1. the act of rivalling; competition
  2. the state of being a rival or rivals

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.”


  1. The state or condition of competition or antagonism.

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