plural noun
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 But Netflix’s new drama, The White Tiger, is a rags-to-riches flick with nuance that resists the typical narrative of a poor protagonist finally getting rewarded for his goodness. Joyce Chen,, "Netflix’s The White Tiger Has A Seriously Talented Cast," 24 Jan. 2021 The White Tiger is a bitter indictment of caste-system rigidity embedded within a Scarface-like, rags-to-riches story. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The White Tiger Is a Complex Crime Drama with a Dazzling Performance at Its Center," 22 Jan. 2021 The casino magnate who died this past week at the age of 87 was a throwback to the Horatio Alger rags-to-riches tales of the 19th century. Jonathan Tobin, Washington Examiner, "Sheldon Adelson, 1933-2021," 14 Jan. 2021 Such rags-to-riches principles are well established in the academic literature, even if their implementation lags in practice. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Bank chief proposes far-out crypto idea ‘that should be next Nobel Prize’," 15 Dec. 2020 The rags-to-riches life of Charles Dickens became more fantastic than any of his stories. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celebrating three wise men who reinvented Christmas," 12 Dec. 2020 The Inside Story of America’s Richest Man told the rags-to-riches story of the discount-store owner from the Ozarks who became a chain store titan. Kyle Edward Williams, The New Republic, "The End of the Businessman President," 9 Dec. 2020 Tejano queen Selena Quintanilla-Pérez had a rags-to-riches story made for the screen. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Selena isn’t here to tell her story. And Netflix’s new series fails to give her a voice," 2 Dec. 2020 That price, despite all of Woods' riches, remains incalculable. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why HBO's Tiger Woods doc is as much about fathers and son as it is golf," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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“Riches.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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