Origin of riches
adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Related Words for richesabundance, treasure, wealth, richness, substance, fortune, assets, gold, means, plenty, opulence, property, affluence, worth, resources, clover
Examples from the Web for riches
Contemporary Examples of riches
Her riches were in the love her family held for her and she held for her family.Did the Amber Lynn Coplin Murder Photos Sicken the Creeps of 4Chan?
November 6, 2014
In Ireland, the name of Sean Quinn will be forever linked in the public mind as the ultimate cautionary tale of riches to rags.
For every story of rags to riches, there is another of riches to rags.
The film, written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, offers an embarrassment of riches.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
TT: So, regardless of your own riches… JR: I have no riches.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of riches
She cared little for poverty or riches, as long as she had regained her chief treasures.Brave and Bold
Riches were, are, and always will be, his predominant passion.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He had gold and silver, diamonds and rubies, riches of every kind.Little Dorrit
What riches, or honours, or pleasures, can make us amends for the loss of innocence?Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
In the providence of God, my riches have entirely passed from me.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
Word Origin for rich
"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).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rich
- rich as Croesus
- embarrassment of riches
- from rags to riches
- strike it rich