rich

adjective
\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \

Definition of rich

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having abundant possessions and especially material wealth
2a : having high value or quality
b : well supplied or endowed a city rich in traditions
3 : magnificently impressive : sumptuous
4a : 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
6a : 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
7a : entertaining also : laughable
b : meaningful, significant rich allusions
c : lush rich meadows
8 : pure or nearly pure rich lime

Rich

biographical name
\ ˈrich How to pronounce Rich (audio) \

Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from rich

Adjective

richness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for rich

Adjective

rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

Examples of rich in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Golds and reds Echinacea, Helenium and Gaillardia: These three perennials share upturned and round centers that are rich in nectar and are favorites for bees and butterflies. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 The two brands are rich in history and have created heritage products that echo this theme. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 That set off two months of acrimony and recriminations, tense negotiations with Harry's family and palace courtiers, and furious accusations by the British tabloids that the couple were abandoning duty to get rich in America. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Aberdeenshire, located on the Scottish mainland more than 100 miles south of Orkney, is particularly rich in these artifacts. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2021 Normally, a new school opening wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but Crofton draws students from an area known to be rich in volleyball talent. Mike Frainie, baltimoresun.com, 1 Sep. 2021 It was built by geologist Charles Steen, who famously struck it rich by finding a uranium deposit in Utah. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2021 Eggs are rich in protein, vitamin D, choline, antioxidants and several other nutrients. Rahaf Al Bochi, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 These same partners were also rich in lithium, giving further credence to the world-munching hypothesis. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, 30 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rich.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rich

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rich

Adjective

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 (genitive ríg) king — more at royal

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About rich

Time Traveler for rich

Time Traveler

The first known use of rich was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near rich

ricey

rich

Rich

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rich

Last Updated

22 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rich. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rich

rich

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rich

: having a lot of money and possessions : wealthy
: very expensive and beautiful, impressive, etc.
: having or supplying a large amount of something that is wanted or needed

rich

adjective
\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \
richer; richest

Kids Definition of rich

1 : having a lot of money and possessions : wealthy rich people
3 : well supplied : abundant The city is rich in tradition.
4 : fertile sense 1 rich soil
5 : containing much sugar, fat, or seasoning rich food
6 : deep and pleasing in color or tone

Other Words from rich

richly adverb
richness noun

More from Merriam-Webster on rich

Nglish: Translation of rich for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of rich for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!