[ welth ]
/ wɛlθ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. weakly,
  2. weakness,
  3. weal,
  4. weald,
  5. weald, the,
  6. wealth tax,
  7. wealthy,
  8. wean,
  9. weanedness,
  10. weaner

Origin of wealth

1200–50; Middle English welth (see well1, -th1); modeled on health

Related formswealth·less, adjectiveo·ver·wealth, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wealth


/ (wɛlθ) /


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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