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

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Other Words from rich

Adjective

richness noun

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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.
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As the study notes, the fox originated in a coastal ecosystem rich with marine food resources. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Young Arctic Fox Traveled From Norway to Canada in 76 Days," 3 July 2019 When in doubt, find your richest friend and ask for some cash. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 One clear favorite is the brand's Hydrate Conditioner, which has earned close to 1,000 Ulta customer reviews and a nearly perfect rating for its rich, nourishing formula that locks in moisture from root to tip. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Ulta Beauty's Jumbo Love Sale Is Here, Which Means Shampoos and Conditioners Are Half Off," 3 July 2019 For the interiors, Dirand took his cues from the menu: Chairs and sofas are upholstered in a rich green velvet, while geometric black lacquer tables bring to mind elements of classical Japanese design. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This New Restaurant's Art Deco-Inspired Interiors Are as Enticing as the Menu," 2 July 2019 Mandar Kamalapurkar’s exceptional sound design creates an emotionally rich soundtrack able to contribute an almost mystical dimension, without wandering off into religious territory. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trijya - Radius': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 1 July 2019 The area is rich with athletes (Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith was one of Moore’s high school classmates) and high school football games can draw 15,000 fans. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How Kenny Moore Became Football’s Unlikeliest of Heroes," 27 June 2019 The house, if the breeze is right, smells rich with animal flesh, like a manger. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 Officials also said that humpbacks feed near the Golden Gate Bridge, where the waters can be rich with anchovies. Fox News, "Humpback whale swimming in San Francisco Bay has experts worried," 20 June 2019

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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 Celt words akin to Old Irish (genitive ríg) king — more at royal

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

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rich

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rich

: 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

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

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