riches

[ rich-iz ]
/ ˈrɪtʃ ɪz /

plural noun

abundant and valuable possessions; wealth.

Nearby words

  1. richelieu,
  2. richelieu river,
  3. richelieu, armand jean du plessis, duc de,
  4. richelieu, cardinal,
  5. richen,
  6. richet,
  7. richet, charles robert,
  8. richfield,
  9. richie,
  10. richier

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

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.

Related forms

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 riches

riches

/ (ˈrɪtʃɪz) /

pl n

wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property

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

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)

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Word Origin and History for riches
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with riches

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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