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[ rich ]
/ rɪtʃ /
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adjective, rich·er, rich·est.

noun

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

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Origin of rich

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English rīce (adjective), ultimately from Celtic; cognate with German reich “wealthy”; akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan “king”
1. 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.

Definition for rich (2 of 2)

Rich
[ rich ]
/ rɪtʃ /

noun

Adrienne, 1929–2012, U.S. poet and feminist.
a male given name, form of Richard.
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British Dictionary definitions for rich (1 of 2)

rich
/ (rɪtʃ) /

adjective

noun

See riches
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 2)

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
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Idioms and Phrases with rich

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