Definition of emulous in English:

emulous

adjective

formal
  • 1Seeking to emulate someone or something.

    • ‘His concern to distinguish ‘emulous’ Imitation from simple theft may surprise some.’
    • ‘The difficulty of sorting out those confusions arises in part, of course, from the fact that, even before Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition, the tradition of ‘emulous imitation’ seemed in need of defense.’
    • ‘If he has, or gathers, a band of the emulous, we may look for some capital sport.’
    envious, covetous, desirous
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    1. 1.1 Motivated by a spirit of rivalry.
      ‘emulous young writers’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘imitating’): from Latin aemulus ‘rival’. Current senses date from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

emulous

/ˈɛmjʊləs/