adjective Etymology: Middle English riche, from Old English rīce; akin to Old High German rīhhi rich, Old English rīce kingdom, Old High German rīhhi, noun; all from prehistoric Germanic words borrowed from Celtic words akin to Old Irish (genitive ríg) king — more at royal Date: before 12th century 1. having abundant possessions and especially material wealth 2. a. having high value or quality b. well supplied or endowed <
a city rich in traditions
3. magnificently impressive ; sumptuous 4. a. vivid and deep in color <
a rich red
b. full and mellow in tone and quality <
a rich voice
c. having a strong fragrance <
rich perfumes
5. highly productive or remunerative <
a rich mine
6. a. having abundant plant nutrients <
rich soil
b. highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet <
rich foods
c. high in the combustible component <
a rich fuel mixture
d. high in some component <
cholesterol-rich foods
7. a. entertaining; also laughable b. meaningful, significant <
rich allusions
c. lush <
rich meadows
8. pure or nearly pure <
rich lime
richness noun Synonyms: rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires <
became rich through shrewd investing
. wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things <
wealthy landowners
. affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth <
an affluent society
. opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people <
an opulent mansion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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