adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
- rich as croesus,
- rich rhyme,
- rich, adrienne,
- richard coeur de lion
Origin of rich
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.
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.
The issue of authenticity in American hip-hop is rich and nuanced.
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|Stereo Williams|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Be reliable supports of the Songun revolution possessed of a lofty spirit and rich knowledge!
He had supposed that a rich man's son, because he was a rich man's son, always had all the money he wanted.'As Gold in the Furnace'|John E. Copus
The young idlers of rich Palermo intrigued to be introduced to her and threw enormous nosegays to her at the end of every act.Corleone|F. Marion Crawford
He is rich enough to buy it, nay he has Plenty of it, tho' he hardly ever touches it, when he is by himself.A Letter to Dion|Bernard Mandeville
He was convinced that he ought to join them, and did so in spite of the ridicule of his rich and titled friends.The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
To be sure there was generally quite a crowd of them, for the rich gentlemen often have several wives.A Missionary Twig|Emma L. Burnett
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
Word Origin 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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with rich
- rich as Croesus
- embarrassment of riches
- from rags to riches
- strike it rich