- The definition of jealousy is a state or feeling of being envious or of wanting what someone else has.
The emotion that you feel when you watch your true love marry another person is an example of jealousy.
A woman experiences jealousy over this couples affection.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the quality or condition of being jealous
- pl. jealousies an instance of this; jealous feeling
Origin: Middle English jalousie from Old French gelosie from gelos: see jealous
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noun pl. jeal·ous·ies
- A jealous attitude or disposition.
- Close vigilance.