\ ˈrich \

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


biographical name
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Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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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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Mail Today India Today Group/Getty Images Move over Jack Ma, Asia has a new richest man. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Yet the listing was a fraction of the earlier market estimate of $100 billion, which stood to make Lei one of China’s richest men. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018 Many of its attractions today speak to that era, like the 34-room Copper King mansion, built in the 1880s by William A. Clark, one of the richest men of his time. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Glacier park may outgrow its name in about a dozen years," 7 July 2018 The tagliatelle Bolognese were rich and savory; the linguini with pesto, bright and herbaceous. Michele Parente,, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 Trump’s grandfather left Kallstadt for the United States at age 16 in 1885 and returned in 1902 a rich man, Paul said. Katrin Bennhold,, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 If not carefully planned, wrote Powell, the control of agriculture would fall into the hands of water companies owned by rich men, who would eventually use their considerable power to oppress the people. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 LeBron could revolutionize the Blazers as an exorbitantly rich man’s version of Evan Turner. Rob Mahoney,, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018 No one, in 2018, seems to really know how to run a lucrative, well-read, daily publication, but The Post suggests that one way is to be owned by the richest man in the world. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Other Side of Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post," 27 June 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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