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

Definition of riches

: things that make one rich : wealth

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Recent Examples on the Web However, Uncut Gems’s script (written by the Safdies and their longtime collaborator Ronald Bronstein) is much more a Shakespearean tragedy than a story of rags-to-riches triumph. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Gritty, Spellbinding Tragedy of Uncut Gems," 12 Dec. 2019 And who nevertheless was swept to fame, riches and establishment approval? Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock is still Kid Rock — it's the culture that has changed since he hit the scene," 8 Dec. 2019 Major League Baseball’s new office will have a rags-to-riches component. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rags to riches: MLB to open NYC retail store at new offices," 14 Oct. 2019 Crowds in colorful traditional garments danced in the streets and threw grass into pools of water as a symbol of prosperity and riches. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s Oromos mark thanksgiving festival in Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years," 7 Oct. 2019 Faced with an uncertain future, and to re-inject resilience into the food system, scientists are now looking back to the genetic riches of nature. National Geographic, "We’re turning to offbeat foods to survive a harsher climate," 3 Dec. 2019 George Cukor’s 1954 musical starring Judy Garland was the second of four versions of this rags-to-riches story. Susan Dunne,, "Wesleyan’s film expert Jeanine Basinger has a new book about Hollywood musicals. Here are 10 of her favorites.," 14 Nov. 2019 Davis is in favor of having rags-to-riches stories in college athletics as long as there are some regulations. Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Greg Kampe: NCAA's name, image, likeness decision could open Pandora's box," 30 Oct. 2019 Sherman isn’t the only kid who went straight outta Compton to a life of fame and riches in sports. Scott Ostler,, "49ers’ Richard Sherman: How Compton childhood shaped his NFL journey," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of riches was in the 13th century

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27 Dec 2019

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“Riches.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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

Kids Definition of riches

: things that make someone rich

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