Definition of rich
1 : having abundant possessions and especially material wealth
2 a : having high value or quality b : well supplied or endowed <a city rich in traditions>
3 : magnificently impressive : sumptuous
4 a : vivid and deep in color <a rich red> b : full and mellow in tone and quality <a rich voice> c : having a strong fragrance <rich perfumes>
5 : highly productive or remunerative <a rich mine>
6 a : having abundant plant nutrients <rich soil> b : highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet <rich foods> c : high in the combustible component <a rich fuel mixture> d : 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.
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 Celtic words akin to Old Irish rí (genitive ríg) king — more at royal
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of rich
Definition of Rich
Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 Am. 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
Definition of rich for Students
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