Definition of rich
1 : having abundant possessions and especially material wealth
2a : having high value or qualityb : well supplied or endowed a city rich in traditions
3 : magnificently impressive : sumptuous
4a : vivid and deep in color a rich redb : full and mellow in tone and quality a rich voicec : having a strong fragrance rich perfumes
5 : highly productive or remunerative a rich mine
6a : having abundant plant nutrients rich soilb : highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet rich foodsc : high in the combustible component a rich fuel mixtured : high in some component cholesterol-rich foods
8 : pure or nearly pure rich lime
Examples of rich in a Sentence
Her investments have made her rich.
The dictionary is a rich source of information.
a rich and spicy soup
The food was a little too rich for me.
Their country has a rich cultural heritage.
This area has a rich history.
She has a rich vocabulary.
Recent Examples of rich from the Web
Every bite of the carne asada burrito ($5.99) proved to be ideal, the steak rich and slightly crisp at the edges, while the rice, beans and sour cream made for a filling and tasty experience.
A warren of increasingly narrow tunnels leads to the reef, where miners blast a rock face rich with gold.
In Havana, the tour will celebrate the history of Cuba’s gay community by showcasing the island’s rich tradition of queer artistry.
Authorities are seeking to halt currency outflows while warning foreign operators against targeting the nation’s richest citizens as their most lucrative market.
After European stocks slumped, the sell-off extended to United States trading, particularly in technology stocks, whose rich valuations have been questioned.
The stores offer the farm’s rich ice cream and their own cheeses, milk, butter, yogurt, and eggs.
Often known for its picturesque New England towns and wealth along the Gold Coast commuter line to New York City, Connecticut is a small state with one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in the country.
Obviously, breast milk doesn’t come out of nowhere; behind the scenes, your body actually puts a whole lot of effort into filling up your breasts with nutrient-rich milk, burning upward of 500 calories a day in the process, according to ACOG.
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Origin and Etymology of rich
Middle English riche, from Old English rīce; akin to Old High German rīhhi rich, Old English rīce kingdom, Old High German rīhhi, noun; all from prehistoric Germanic words borrowed from Celt words akin to Old Irish rí (genitive ríg) king — more at royal
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of Rich
Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet
RICH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rich for English Language Learners
: having a lot of money and possessions
: very expensive and beautiful, impressive, etc.
: having or supplying a large amount of something that is wanted or needed
RICH Defined for Kids
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