rich

adjective
\ 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

Rich

biographical name
\ ˈrich \

Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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Other Words from rich

Adjective

richness noun

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Adjective

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

Adjective

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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No matter rich or poor, everyone uses aji panca and aji amarillo. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 In general, industrial farming increases in scale as countries get richer and more people can afford meat, but a commitment to humane conditions from the get-go can prevent some abuses. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Being rich and beautiful didn't mean the teens of West Beverly Hills High were safe from very real problems. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 Likewise, bloggers now have almost as much influence as celebrated decorators and the rich and famous people who usually hire them. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 That show also sounds a bit like Kwan's best-selling book, which centers on a rich and powerful family in Singapore. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crazy Rich Asians Author Kevin Kwan Is Moving to TV with The Emperor of Malibu," 26 Oct. 2018 Feeling a little rich and wanna pull a Michael Phelps and backstroke your behind through a pile of it? Phoebe Robinson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Phoebe Robinson's 9 Tips on How to Be Single That Don't Actually Suck," 17 Oct. 2018 My hard-working middle-class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 In fact, what Beth has built for herself is something far richer and more satisfying: a life that melds creative work with a deep commitment to family and spirituality, unfolding in a home that combines all three. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rich

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for rich

Adjective

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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The first known use of rich was before the 12th century

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rich

adjective

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

rich

adjective
\ ˈrich \
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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