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.
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
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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 rí (genitive ríg) king — more at royal
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of rich was
before the 12th century