One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One of several competitors having an equal claim to someone or something, especially a rival suitor.‘he doth suspect corrivals in his love’
competitor, opponent, contestant, contender, challengerView synonyms
- ‘Zephyrus hated Hyacinthus because he scorned him, and preferred his corrival Apollo.’
- ‘His corrival was Thomas Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex, who in his constellation was his direct opposite.’
- ‘She dwelt with young Bold's sister, he that is my corrival in your love.’
- ‘Adam cast him into so narrow a mould, as to think that himself, who had newly sprouted up by his almighty power, was fit to be his corrival in knowledge.’
- ‘Though there be many corrivals, only one carries the prize.’
Late 16th century: French, or from Latin corrivalis, from rivalis rival.
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