rich

adjective
\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \

Definition of rich

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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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Jeff Andrews’ contemporary California abode boasts rich texture and an inviting warmth, weaved with statement pieces that, while totally cozy, are also totally high-end and glam. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 Within 24 hours two of France’s richest men had promised a combined €300 million, and petro giant Total committed €100 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Church of Resentment," 18 Apr. 2019 This morning, the country's richest man Bernard Arnault, has pledged €200 million (or approximately $226 million) from his family and company toward the campaign. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "France's Richest Man, Bernard Arnault, Pledges $226 Million to Help Rebuild Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 The brains, removed from animals that died in food-processing facilities, were hooked up to a system built by scientists at Yale University that pumped a nutrient-rich fluid through the organ for several hours. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Scientists Restore Some Brain Function After Death in Animal Experiments," 17 Apr. 2019 Feed your soil Kranz is a strong proponent of organic gardening and believes building a friable (i.e. crumbly), nutrient-rich soil is critical to your garden’s success. Jeanette Marantos, The Seattle Times, "4 tips for starting (or improving) an edible garden," 12 Apr. 2019 Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Each of the rugs—made from rich, artisanal wool—are available in five sizes and range from $89 to $1,349. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 What makes less sense to us is the dividend that is being paid out to (already rich) venture capitalists. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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