wealthy

adjective \ ˈwel-thē also ˈwelt-thē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of wealthy

wealthier; wealthiest
1 : having wealth : very affluent
2 : characterized by abundance : ample

wealthily

play \ˈwel-thə-lē\ adverb

wealthiness

play \ˈwel-thē-nəs\ noun

Examples of wealthy in a Sentence

  1. He is a wealthy entrepreneur.

  2. the wealthiest nations in the world

Recent Examples of wealthy from the Web

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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century

Synonym Discussion of wealthy

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


WEALTHY Defined for English Language Learners

wealthy

adjective

Definition of wealthy for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of money and possessions


WEALTHY Defined for Kids

wealthy

adjective \ ˈwel-thē \

Definition of wealthy for Students

wealthier; wealthiest
: having a lot of money or possessions : rich


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