rich

adjective
\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \

Definition of rich

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 How to pronounce Rich (audio) \

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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It's made from the same rice ingredient as Mochi, resulting in a lightly color batter and a delicious rich, buttery vanilla flavor. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Trader Joe's Is Releasing 7 New Products for Spring and Summer," 9 Apr. 2019 There is also graffiti in the Spanish Diner by Mikel Urmeneta, a Basque artist with a rich universe of characters that are like pets that populate space. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Traditional kitchens feature rich materials and ornamental motifs—elaborate trim work, brackets, antique fixtures. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Doors and Drawers," 11 Feb. 2019 Produce is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent damage to hair cells in the inner ear. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "How To Recapture Peace and Quiet In a Noisy World," 27 Mar. 2019 Both are rich in antioxidants and promise skin repair and renewal. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "How One Mother’s Beauty Philosophy Became a Powerful Family Bond," 21 Mar. 2019 Foods rich in probiotics can also help your gut and immune system stay healthier. Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System, According to a Registered Dietitian," 30 Jan. 2019 There’s a sizable oil industry because of the Eagle Ford shale, a nearby geologic formation rich in petroleum. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 These gases began to emit radiation and cool down again, and around 5 billion years or so ago a cooling flow made its way into the galaxy and began creating a second generation of stars, this time rich in iron. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Died 7 Billion Years Ago And Came Back To Life," 24 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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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 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

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