Definition of jealousy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒeləsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒeləsi//
    (pl. jealousies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of being jealous I felt sick with jealousy. sexual jealousy
  2. 2[countable] an action or a remark that shows that a person is jealous I'm tired of her petty jealousies.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French gelosie, from gelos, from medieval Latin zelosus, from Latin zelus ‘zeal, jealousy’.Extra examples Her promotion aroused intense jealousy among her colleagues. I felt a pang of jealousy. She’d never felt jealousy before. his obsessive jealousy of his ex-wife He felt a sudden stab of pure sexual jealousy. I’m tired of her petty jealousies.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jealousy