American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of competing or emulating.
- n. The state or condition of being a rival.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rivaling; competition; a strife or effort to obtain an object which another is pursuing: as, rivalry in love; an endeavor to equal or surpass another in some excellence; emulation: as, rivalry for superiority at the bar or in the senate.
- n. Synonyms Competition, etc. See emulation.
- n. The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of rivaling, or the state of being a rival; a competition.
- n. the act of competing as for profit or a prize
“The fans feel otherwise - and so far the rivalry is as lopsided as they come.”
“I now understand fully what this rivalry is about.”
“This rivalry is almost as one-sided as the Sox-Yanks: Montreal has won 23 Stanley Cups to five for Boston, with the Canadiens having captured seven titles since the Bruins won their last one in 1972.”
“The OSU-Michigan rivalry is one of the most heated in the country, and Fisher hopes that his identity as a "proud Ohioan" will earn him some of the votes he needs to erase his deficit in the polls.”
“In terms of national attention, the Caps-Pens rivalry is the NHL's top attraction.”
“This Steelers vs. Ravens rivalry is one of the most fun to watch in the NFL, and this game was hard-hitting and low-scoring, as many predicted.”
“The rivalry is not much of a contest these days, with historic insecurity and armies of fear-mongers.”
“China rivalry is being played out over Sudan's uncertain future.”
“Don't kid yourself: there is a Crosby vs. Ovechkin rivalry and there's a Malkin vs. Ovechkin rivalry.”
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