\ˈrich \

Definition of rich 

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1 : having abundant possessions and especially material wealth

2a : having high value or quality

b : well supplied or endowed a city rich in traditions

3 : magnificently impressive : sumptuous

4a : 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

6a : 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

7a : entertaining also : laughable

b : meaningful, significant rich allusions

c : lush rich meadows

8 : pure or nearly pure rich lime


biographical name
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Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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Other Words from rich


richness noun

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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

Examples of rich in a Sentence


Her investments have made her rich. The dictionary is a rich source of information. a rich and spicy soup The food was a little too rich for me. Their country has a rich cultural heritage. This area has a rich history. She has a rich vocabulary.
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The company, which has a market cap of more than $1 trillion dollars and is run by the world’s richest man, has received $1.6 billion in subsidies from 129 communities since 2000, according to the nonprofit Good Jobs First. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 What's more, oats are rich in phytochemicals, which are powerful antioxidant compounds that have been linked with cancer-fighting properties. 2. Good Housekeeping, "4 Reasons Why Oatmeal Is the Ultimate Breakfast," 15 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, the latest moisturizers are rich in ingredients that protect from the elements, repair from within, and range in textures from lightweight lotions to lush barrier balms. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Face Creams to Combat Winter Skin Before It Starts," 13 Oct. 2018 Jack Ma, one of China’s richest men, said about his retirement plans. Shan Li, WSJ, "Alibaba’s Jack Ma Cedes Control of Key China Business Licenses," 1 Oct. 2018 The contract is validation for Bezos, now the world’s richest man, who for years has been liquidating $1 billion of Amazon’s stock annually to fund his interplanetary dreams. Nicolas Vega, Fox News, "Jeff Bezos' space company set to launch," 28 Sep. 2018 For one of the richest men in the world, that amount equated to a loss of $15.1 billion. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Here's How Much Mark Zuckerberg Is Really Worth," 26 July 2018 In addition to traveling exhibitions in partnership with other museums around the world, the new V&A promises permanent Scottish Design Galleries chronicling the country’s rich history of design from the 15th century to today. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 The combination of economic and cultural factors and a rich vein of possible recruits contributed to the Klan’s high-velocity Oregon success. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of rich


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of rich

: 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


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richer; richest

Kids Definition of rich

1 : having a lot of money and possessions : wealthy rich people

3 : well supplied : abundant The city is rich in tradition.

4 : fertile sense 1 rich soil

5 : containing much sugar, fat, or seasoning rich food

6 : deep and pleasing in color or tone

Other Words from rich

richly adverb
richness noun

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