a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches: the wealth of a city.
an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount: a wealth of imagery.
  1. all things that have a monetary or exchange value.
  2. anything that has utility and is capable of being appropriated or exchanged.
rich or valuable contents or produce: the wealth of the soil.
the state of being rich; prosperity; affluence: persons of wealth and standing.
Obsolete. happiness.

Origin of wealth

1200–50; Middle English welth (see well1, -th1); modeled on health
Related formswealth·less, adjectiveo·ver·wealth, noun

Synonyms for wealth

2. richness, amplitude, fullness. 3a. possessions, assets, goods, property, money. 5. opulence, fortune.

Antonyms for wealth

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Historical Examples of wealth

  • It had been folly enough while he believed that she stood ready to accept him and his wealth.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Wealth is not inimical to welfare; it ought to be its friendliest agency.

  • They are the volunteers, the owner-drivers of the Corps, many of them men of wealth and title.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • He spoke with the sureness of a man of wealth, confident that money will salve any wound.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She tries to deceive Caesar as to her wealth, and is shamed by her treasurer Seleucus.

British Dictionary definitions for wealth



a large amount of money and valuable material possessions
the state of being rich
a great profusiona wealth of gifts
economics all goods and services with monetary, exchangeable, or productive value
Derived Formswealthless, adjective

Word Origin for wealth

C13 welthe, from weal ²; related to well 1
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Word Origin and History for wealth

mid-13c., "happiness," also "prosperity in abundance of possessions or riches," from Middle English wele "well-being" (see weal (n.1)) on analogy of health.

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