a person or thing of the same quality or with the same status, rights, etc. as anotherShe treats the people who work for her as her equals.Our cars are the equal of those produced anywhere in the world.
Word Originlate Middle English: from Latinaequalis, from aequus
‘even, level, equal’
.Extra examplesAn interview should be a conversation between equals.He did not regard himself as her intellectual equal.He talks even to small children as equals.He was regarded as the ‘first among equals’ by the other office clerks.His guitar playing is without equal.I shall never be his equal at chess.In fighting, they had no equals.When it comes to plain speaking, she has few equals.As a poet, he had few equals.Idioms
(saying)although the members of a society, group, etc. appear to be equal, some, in fact, get better treatment than othersThis phrase is used by one of the pigs in the book ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell: ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’