A person who competes against you for the first place price is an example of your rival.
When two hotels offer virtually the same features, each hotel is a rival of the other hotel.
She is his rival in sarcasm.
Plastics and other rivals of many metals.
As a social historian, he has no rival.
Rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.
When you compete with someone to win first prize, this is an example of a situation where you rival that person.
Origin of rival
- Latin rīvālis one using the same stream as another, a rival from rīvus stream rei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin rÄ«vÄlis, literally "˜person using the same stream as another', from rÄ«vus (“small stream, brook").