- having wealth or great possessions; abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds; wealthy: a rich man; a rich nation.
- abounding in natural resources: a rich territory.
- having wealth or valuable resources (usually followed by in): a country rich in traditions.
- abounding (usually followed by in or with): a countryside rich in beauty; a design rich with colors.
- of great value or worth; valuable: a rich harvest.
- (of food) delectably and perhaps unhealthfully spicy, or sweet and abounding in butter or cream: a rich gravy; a rich pastry.
- costly, expensively elegant, or fine, as dress or jewels.
- sumptuous; elaborately abundant: a rich feast.
- using valuable materials or characterized by elaborate workmanship, as buildings or furniture.
- abounding in desirable elements or qualities: a man rich in kindness.
- (of wine) strong and finely flavored.
- (of color) deep, strong, or vivid: rich purple.
- full and mellow in tone: rich sounds; a rich voice.
- strongly fragrant; pungent: a rich odor.
- producing or yielding abundantly: a rich soil.
- abundant, plentiful, or ample: a rich supply.
- Automotive. (of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean2def 5).
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
- (used with a plural verb) rich persons collectively (usually preceded by the): new tax shelters for the rich.
Origin of rich
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- Adrienne,1929–2012, U.S. poet and feminist.
- a male given name, form of Richard.
- abundant and valuable possessions; wealth.
Origin of riches
Examples from the Web for rich
Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
The issue of authenticity in American hip-hop is rich and nuanced.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Reconcile is a rapper from Houston, a city with a rich hip-hop legacy.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
Be reliable supports of the Songun revolution possessed of a lofty spirit and rich knowledge!North Korea's Top College: Brainwash U
December 13, 2014
"It is a good thing to have a rich son," said Captain Rushton, humorously.
I wonder whether I shall ever be rich enough to live like this!
He was rich and he was willing to take the daughter without a single penny.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Our life contains every great thing, and contains it in rich abundance.
That which was the body has come to be only the rich fringe of the nation's robe.
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
- (when postpositive , usually foll by in) having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etca land rich in metals
- producing abundantly; fertilerich soil
- (when postpositive , usually foll by in or with) well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in)a country rich with cultural interest
- of great worth or quality; valuablea rich collection of antiques
- luxuriant or prolifica rich growth of weeds
- expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costlya rich display
- (of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
- having a full-bodied flavoura rich ruby port
- (of a smell) pungent or fragrant
- (of colour) intense or vivid; deepa rich red
- (of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
- (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuelCompare weak (def. 12)
- very amusing, laughable, or ridiculousa rich joke; a rich situation
- See riches
- Adrienne. 1929–2012, US poet and feminist writer; her volumes of poetry include Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963) and Diving Into the Wreck (1973)
- Buddy, real name Bernard Rich . 1917–87, US jazz drummer and band leader
- wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property
Word Origin and History for rich
Old English rice "strong, powerful; great, mighty; of high rank," in later Old English "wealthy," from Proto-Germanic *rikijaz (cf. Old Norse rikr, Swedish rik, Danish rig, Old Frisian rike "wealthy, mighty," Dutch rijk, Old High German rihhi "ruler, powerful, rich," German reich "rich," Gothic reiks "ruler, powerful, rich"), borrowed from a Celtic source akin to Gaulish *rix, Old Irish ri (genitive rig) "king," from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," hence, "direct, rule" (see rex).
The form of the word was influenced in Middle English by Old French riche "wealthy, magnificent, sumptuous," which is, with Spanish rico, Italian ricco, from Frankish *riki "powerful," or some other cognate Germanic source.
Old English also had a noun, rice "rule, reign, power, might; authority; empire." The evolution of the word reflects a connection between wealth and power in the ancient world. Of food and colors, from early 14c.; of sounds, from 1590s. Sense of "entertaining, amusing" is recorded from 1760. The noun meaning "the wealthy" was in Old English.
"valued possessions, money, property," c.1200, modified from richesse (12c.), a singular form misunderstood as a plural, from Old French richesse, richece "wealth, opulence, splendor, magnificence," from riche (see rich (adj.)). The Old French suffix -esse is from Latin -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality (cf. duress, largesse).