rich

[ rich ]
/ rɪtʃ /

adjective, rich·er, rich·est.

noun

(used with a plural verb) rich persons collectively (usually preceded by the): new tax shelters for the rich.

Origin of rich

before 900; Middle English; Old English rīce (adj.) ≪ Celtic; cognate with German reich wealthy; akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king

SYNONYMS FOR rich

1 well-to-do, moneyed. Rich, wealthy, affluent all indicate abundance of possessions. Rich is the general word; it may imply that possessions are newly acquired: an oilman who became rich overnight. Wealthy suggests permanence, stability, and appropriate surroundings: a wealthy banker. Affluent usually suggests a generous amount of income, with a high standard of living and some social prestige and privilege: an affluent family.
5 bountiful, copious, luxuriant.
7 precious, high-priced, dear.
12 intense, vibrant.
14 aromatic.
15 fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.
16 bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous.

ANTONYMS FOR rich

1–5, 15, 16 poor.

OTHER WORDS FROM rich

Definition for rich (2 of 3)

Rich
[ rich ]
/ rɪtʃ /

noun

Adrienne,1929–2012, U.S. poet and feminist.
a male given name, form of Richard.

Definition for rich (3 of 3)

riches
[ rich-iz ]
/ ˈrɪtʃ ɪz /

plural noun

abundant and valuable possessions; wealth.

Origin of riches

1175–1225; Middle English, plural of Middle English riche wealth, power (Old English rīce power, rule; cognate with German Reich realm); confused with Middle English richesse wealth < Old French, equivalent to riche wealthy (< Germanic; see rich) + -esse -ess
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British Dictionary definitions for rich (1 of 3)

rich
/ (rɪtʃ) /

adjective

noun

See riches

Word Origin for rich

Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish king)

British Dictionary definitions for rich (2 of 3)

Rich
/ (rɪtʃ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for rich (3 of 3)

riches
/ (ˈrɪtʃɪz) /

pl n

wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property
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Idioms and Phrases with rich

rich

In addition to the idiom beginning with rich

  • rich as Croesus

also see:

  • embarrassment of riches
  • from rags to riches
  • strike it rich
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