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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
Related formsrich·ly, adverbrich·ness, nouno·ver·rich, adjectiveo·ver·rich·ly, adverbo·ver·rich·ness, nounsu·per·rich, adjective, nounul·tra·rich, adjective, noun

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.
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Related Words for richly

handsomely, lavishly, abundantly, amply, largely

Examples from the Web for richly

Contemporary Examples of richly

Historical Examples of richly

  • Why wast thou, so richly gifted of the gods, to be taken from us in thy youth?

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He richly deserved the punishment, but God would not have struck him that way.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • And she, the highly endowed, the richly gifted, what was to be her lot?

  • I found myself in a drawing-room, small and richly furnished.

  • Richly repaid him the trouble and cost of a journey from Florence.

    Poems

    William D. Howells


British Dictionary definitions for richly

richly

adverb

in a rich or elaborate mannera richly decorated carving
fully and appropriatelyhe was richly rewarded for his service

Rich

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

adjective

  1. well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
(when postpositive , usually foll by in) having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etca land rich in metals
producing abundantly; fertilerich soil
(when postpositive , usually foll by in or with) well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in)a country rich with cultural interest
of great worth or quality; valuablea rich collection of antiques
luxuriant or prolifica rich growth of weeds
expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costlya rich display
(of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
having a full-bodied flavoura rich ruby port
(of a smell) pungent or fragrant
(of colour) intense or vivid; deepa rich red
(of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
(of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuelCompare weak (def. 12)
very amusing, laughable, or ridiculousa rich joke; a rich situation

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 richly
adv.

Old English ricelice "powerfully, sumptuously;" see rich (adj.) + -ly (2).

rich

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with richly

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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