plural noun
rich·​es | \ ˈri-chəz How to pronounce riches (audio) \

Definition of riches

: things that make one rich : wealth

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The support among the candidates is divided mostly along racial lines, with most Hispanic voters supporting Cisneros, who made his riches in lottery winnings, while Asian voters and non-Hispanic white voters are supporting Kim. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "California Republican leads Obama-backed Democrat accused of sexual misconduct in hotly contested race: poll," 19 Sep. 2018 The discovery turned into a full-blown gold rush and in the 1860s, swarms of miners tore at the tiny stream for its riches. New York Times, "Let the Stream Run Through It," 25 June 2018 There’s a reason Americans continue to flock to rags-to-riches stories and the ideal of the American dream in popular culture. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatism Isn’t Dead Yet," 25 Nov. 2018 The 25-year-old was in electric form at Craven Cottage last season, and helped the Cottagers seal promotion back to the riches of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley., "West Ham Complete Signing of Fulham Defender Ryan Fredericks on Four-Year Contract," 5 June 2018 The rags-to-riches son of immigrants basking in the trappings of wealth and success. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Premier League clubs are said to be lining up a move for Meyer, and the allure from the riches of the English top flight is hard to turn down., "Milan Forced to Hold Off On Max Meyer Deal While Hoffenheim Commence Talks With Midfielder," 13 June 2018 This is dark economic fiction, whose riches-to-rags rollercoaster is slightly sickening, but biting and funny along the way. WSJ, "Five Best: Lionel Shriver," 4 May 2018 Pavel Chesnokov: ‘Teach Me Thy Statutes’ Vladimir Gorbik conducts the PATRAM Institute Male Choir (Reference Recordings) In the past decade or so, choral music lovers in the West have been discovering the riches of the Russian Orthodox tradition. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of riches

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for riches

Middle English, singular or plural, from richesse wealth, from Anglo-French richesce, from riche rich, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English rīce rich

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English Language Learners Definition of riches

: large amounts of money and possessions
: good things that are available to use or choose


noun plural
rich·​es | \ ˈri-chəz How to pronounce riches (audio) \

Kids Definition of riches

: things that make someone rich

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