\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \

Definition of rich

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Believes that global institutions such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization favor rich nations and must be revamped to address the needs of developing nations, where most of the world’s population lives. CNN, 23 May 2022 His letter and statement aim at Russian oligarchs who have grown rich under the Putin regime. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 There, on a rocky, north-pointing finger of the Breton coast, rheumatic patients could come to be treated with seawater rich in algae, which is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including iodine. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Vegan Protein, rich in amino acids, infuses the hair with benefits similar to keratin. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 The Neapolitan is next level with a dark, rich Zanzibar chocolate ice cream swirled with old-fashioned vanilla and strawberry. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 And of course, the idea that rich capitalists own corporate America is largely a progressive myth. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Thanks to a rich mahogany stain, these window boxes stand out beautifully against brick and white trim. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, 23 May 2022 Music fans also will be delighted with the rich harmonies and gusto that infuse the music, performed by professional singers. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 22 May 2022 See More

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

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\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \
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

Rich biographical name

\ ˈrich How to pronounce Rich (audio) \

Definition of Rich

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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