American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinaemulus (“striving to equal or excel, rivaling; in a bad sense, envious, jealous”), from Ancient Greek ἁμιλλάομαι (amillaomai, “strive, contend”), akin to imitari (“to imitate”); see imitate.
Emulous Sentence Examples
The Bombay government was naturally emulous to follow the example of Madras and Bengal, and to establish its influence at the court of Poona by placing its own nominee upon the throne.
Thomas Cavendish, emulous of Drake's example, fitted out three vessels for an expedition to the South sea in 1586.
His fame collected round him a host of followers, emulous of his sanctity.
Never before, since the age of Margaret, had Denmark been so well governed, never before had she possessed so many political celebrities nobly emulous for the common good.