[ rich-iz ]
See synonyms for: richesrich on

plural noun
  1. 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

Words Nearby riches Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use riches in a sentence

  • The riches of the unjust shall be dried up like a river, and shall pass away with a noise like a great thunder in rain.

  • Thus all about us is the moving and shifting spectacle of riches and poverty, side by side, inextricable.

  • The high rank, the great riches of his father he rather implied than definitely mentioned.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • The view of riches which socialists and suchlike people profess to take is entirely ill-considered.

    First Plays | A. A. Milne
  • Banquets and feasting offered little attraction to the hero, and he despised riches and rank.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison

British Dictionary definitions for riches


/ (ˈrɪtʃɪz) /

pl n
  1. wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012