plural noun
rich·es | \ ˈri-chəz \

Definition of riches 

: things that make one rich : wealth

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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 Family and friends were her riches and her cup runneth over., "Edith Kabatznick," 3 July 2018 This is not necessarily a rags-to-riches tale—more of a down-but-not-out story. Ross Dellenger,, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 Shkreli’s early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. Robert Reich, Newsweek, "Robert Reich: America Has A Martin Shkreli Problem," 13 Mar. 2018 Bulgari's commitment to helping restore Rome's riches is now literally set in stone, while ensuring the brand's lifeblood continues to flow. Alice B-b, A-LIST, "No Place Like Rome," 4 July 2018 The club came close to achieving their goal by reaching the Championship play off final, but a narrow loss saw the vast riches that come with winning that game go to Fulham., "Aston Villa Owner Tony Xia Reportedly Unwilling to Sell the Club to American Investors," 3 July 2018 Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hopes her use of the country’s oil riches will help her make history. Christine Harvey,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 11 Sep. 2017

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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 \

Kids Definition of riches

: things that make someone rich

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