adjective \ ˈrich \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of rich

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



Examples of rich in a Sentence

  1. Her investments have made her rich.

  2. The dictionary is a rich source of information.

  3. a rich and spicy soup

  4. The food was a little too rich for me.

  5. Their country has a rich cultural heritage.

  6. This area has a rich history.

  7. She has a rich vocabulary.

Recent Examples of rich from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rich

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 Celt words akin to Old Irish (genitive ríg) king — more at royal

Synonym Discussion of rich

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


biographical name \ ˈrich \

Definition of Rich

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

RICH Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of rich for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of money and possessions

  • : very expensive and beautiful, impressive, etc.

  • : having or supplying a large amount of something that is wanted or needed

RICH Defined for Kids


adjective \ ˈrich \

Definition of rich for Students

richer; richest
1 : having a lot of money and possessions : wealthy
  • rich people
2 : 1valuable 1, expensive
  • rich robes
3 : well supplied : abundant
  • The city is rich in tradition.
4 : fertile 1
  • rich soil
5 : containing much sugar, fat, or seasoning
  • rich food
6 : deep and pleasing in color or tone





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