ˈwelth How to pronounce wealth (audio)
 also  ˈweltth
: abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
: abundant supply : profusion
: all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value
: all material objects that have economic utility
especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time
national wealth
obsolete : weal, welfare

Examples of wealth in a Sentence

a nation that has acquired great wealth someone whose sole goal is the accumulation of wealth Her personal wealth is estimated to be around $10 billion. What percentage of the national wealth is spent on health care? I was impressed by the wealth of choices. Libraries offer a wealth of information. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But the proxy offers glimpse at the mind-boggling wealth disparity between its nonunion workers and one of the world’s richest men. Alexandra Olson, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 Fain’s focus on CEO pay is part of a growing trend of emboldened labor unions citing the wealth gap between workers and the top bosses to bolster demand for better pay and working conditions. Alexandra Olson, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2023 Labor has become more aggressive because of decades of stagnant wages for lower and middle-income workers, while the richest Americans expanded their wealth to unprecedented levels. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 The five businesses that Fraser is prioritizing—services, markets, banking, consumer banking, and wealth management—will now report directly to her. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2023 But in a system where most people’s equity is built up through real estate, boosting homeownership is one tool to help bridge wealth disparities. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 Together, the Usher’s have established an empire of wealth, privilege and power — but at a cost. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 Musk thinks his wealth is better spent on his human-saving companies. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 As a few incisive flashbacks reveal, Rose grew up in immense wealth but never quite bought into the entitlement and expectations. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English welthe, from wele weal

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of wealth was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wealth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealth. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a great amount of money or possessions : affluence
: a large amount or number : profusion
a wealth of detail

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