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

Definition of riches

: things that make one rich : wealth

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Examples of riches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add someone like Sauerbrunn into the mix, and it’s once again a case of an embarrassment of riches for Wilkinson. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 Regardless, with California’s sports-enthusiastic population of 39 million trouncing that of the over 19 million in New York, legalizing online sports betting is expected to generate a taxable mother lode of riches. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 In addition to the content partnership on big and small screens, the new allegiance will wring the brand for consumer product riches. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Feb. 2022 Brown left for Raiders riches after collecting his ring, but New England was never far from his thoughts., 28 Aug. 2021 The trade now gives the Padres an embarrassment of riches in starting pitchers, where Manaea goes from the A’s ace to the No. 4 starter in the Padres’ rotation behind Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 But Putin denies such allegations, only admitting to a different form of riches. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2022 The fraud is named for the way scammers feed their victims with promises of riches before cutting them off and taking all their money. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 24 Mar. 2022 In 1540, Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led an armed expedition of more than 2,500 Europeans and Mexican-Indian allies through what is now Mexico and the American Southwest in search of riches. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Riches.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of riches

: things that make someone rich

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