adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Examples from the Web for richness
What adds a richness to the stories is the way you take relationships themselves as an overriding theme.
Indeed, red — because of its vibrancy and richness — has served as a powerful symbol since the beginning of civilization.
What a love, joy, adventure and richness you and your brother brought to our home.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl|Michael Daly|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I think his backstory is just part of the richness of the character.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For me, it's the vulnerability, openness, and richness of his voice that does it.Beyoncé Rocks Tom Ford; Fast Retailing Backs Out of J. Crew Deal|The Fashion Beast Team|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tone was not bad, and had in it some of that richness which only old organs are supposed to possess, like old violins.Corleone|F. Marion Crawford
Just consider, too, the richness of their vocabulary of weather-terms, and the observation which it implies.
Not a touch of care or a drop of richness is lost; not an ideal fails.Child and Country|Will Levington Comfort
It looked, at times, as if it were the richness of his gift that made his work seem play,—not Osmond's fostering.Rose MacLeod|Alice Brown
The parties brought back enthusiastic accounts of the richness and beauty of the country and the salubrity of the climate.
British Dictionary definitions for richness (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for richness (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for richness (3 of 3)
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
Word Origin for rich
Word Origin and History for richness (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with richness
In addition to the idiom beginning with rich
- rich as Croesus
- embarrassment of riches
- from rags to riches
- strike it rich