rival (to somebody/something) (for something) a person, company or thing that competes with another in sport, business, etc. The two teams have always been rivals. The Japanese are our biggest economic rivals. This latest design has no rivals (= it is easily the best design available). Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin rivalis, originally in the sense
‘person using the same stream as another’, from rivus ‘stream’.Extra examples Grand it may be, but this cathedral is no rival to the great cathedral of Amiens. He eliminated his rivals with brutal efficiency. She has no rivals for the job. She is now regarded as the greatest potential rival to Hu. The business needed to revive profits and compete with new rivals. The company faces big rivals in Europe and Asia. The company is well equipped to compete with its international rivals. They were rivals for her love. They wind up as romantic rivals for the same woman. They’re old political rivals. Those two have been friendly rivals since they first met. In France and England, a new king often had to fight rivals for the succession to the throne. Their friendship ended when the two men became rivals for the same woman. This latest design has no rivals.