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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The South Side of Chicago is rich with the food and drink traditions of the area's Black community. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Alinea Group announces new project: The St. Clair Supper Club," 7 June 2019 Opponents of fetal tissue research point to a number of other possible options, including monkey or hamster cells for vaccines as well as blood collected after birth from umbilical cords that are rich in blood-forming stem cells. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?," 7 June 2019 The Gaewern Slate Mine in Ceredigion, Wales, was once rich in slate, a purplish-gray rock sought for its beauty and durability. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars," 7 June 2019 Here are five of our favorite icy finds. 3 SEE: Stage musicals from silly to sumptuous Theater options are rich in the Bay Area this weekend. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 killer SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, June 7-9," 6 June 2019 But that doesn’t mean Nazarbayev won’t remain in command of this gas-rich Central Asian nation of 18 million. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "Presidents may come and go. In Kazakhstan, there’s only one Father of the Nation," 6 June 2019 The rest of his talent-rich teammates moved on, through trade or retirement, leaving him as the symbol of what might have been. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Miguel Cabrera reminds us watching decline of future HOF's never easy," 6 June 2019 The culture with the Patriots is too rich for that. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patriots' challenge in offseason is to merge new elements with old ones," 4 June 2019 The water there is naturally rich in minerals to help nourish sensitive skin like mine. Allure, "The June 2019 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You Could Get This Month," 1 June 2019

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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 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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