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wealth

[welth]
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noun
  1. a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches: the wealth of a city.
  2. an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount: a wealth of imagery.
  3. Economics.
    1. all things that have a monetary or exchange value.
    2. anything that has utility and is capable of being appropriated or exchanged.
  4. rich or valuable contents or produce: the wealth of the soil.
  5. the state of being rich; prosperity; affluence: persons of wealth and standing.
  6. Obsolete. happiness.

Origin of wealth

1200–50; Middle English welth (see well1, -th1); modeled on health
Related formswealth·less, adjectiveo·ver·wealth, noun

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2. richness, amplitude, fullness. 3a. possessions, assets, goods, property, money. 5. opulence, fortune.

Antonyms

5. poverty.
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Examples from the Web for wealths

Historical Examples

  • They have the wealths of the two zones, without the drawbacks of either.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Three wealths in barren places: a well in a mountain, fire out of a stone, wealth in the possession of a hard man.


British Dictionary definitions for wealths

wealth

noun
  1. a large amount of money and valuable material possessions
  2. the state of being rich
  3. a great profusiona wealth of gifts
  4. economics all goods and services with monetary, exchangeable, or productive value
Derived Formswealthless, adjective

Word Origin

C13 welthe, from weal ²; related to well 1
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Word Origin and History for wealths

wealth

n.

mid-13c., "happiness," also "prosperity in abundance of possessions or riches," from Middle English wele "well-being" (see weal (n.1)) on analogy of health.

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