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From Middle English jalousie, from Old French jalousie, see jealous, -y. Doublet of jalousie. Related also to zeal, zealous.


  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛləsi/
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  • Hyphenation: jeal‧ous‧y


jealousy (countable and uncountable, plural jealousies)

  1. (countable, uncountable) A state of being jealous; a jealous attitude.
    Coordinate term: envy
    • 1907, Charles J. Archard, The Portland Peerage Romance:
      Jealousy was, however, aroused among the English nobility at the favouritism shown the Dutch newcomer.
    • 1891, Louis Antoine Fauvelet De Bourrienne, R. W. Phipps, transl., Memoirs Of Napoleon Bonaparte:
      [] the jealousy of his foes of each other's share in the booty [].
    • 2010 September 10, Scott Sigler, THE STARTER: Space Opera Adventure, Empty Set Entertainment, →ISBN:
      He knew what it was like to feel jealousy over the possessions of others... he'd never thought he could make someone feel the same. He didn't want to make someone feel the same. [...] "I want one for myself." Quentin's smile faded.
    1. (archaic) A close concern for someone or something, solicitude, vigilance.
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “vij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book VIII:
        For euer I supoosed that he had ben to yonge and to tendyr to take vpon hym these aduentures / And therfore by my wille I wold haue dryuen hym aweye for Ialousy that I had of his lyf / for it maye be no yong knyghtes dede that shal enchyeue this aduenture to the ende
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