\ˈwel-thē also ˈwelt-thē \
wealthier; wealthiest

Definition of wealthy 

1 : having wealth : very affluent

2 : characterized by abundance : ample

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Other Words from wealthy

wealthily \ ˈwel-​thə-​lē \ adverb
wealthiness \ ˈwel-​thē-​nəs \ noun

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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 wealthy in a Sentence

He is a wealthy entrepreneur. the wealthiest nations in the world

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Less clear is how online voter registration changes the electorate, which across the country is older, wealthier, and more educated than nonvoters. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online," 12 July 2018 Those who describe themselves as liberals, who are more likely to be white and wealthier, are much more hostile to Mr Trump than other Democrats are. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 At the same time, women and men of color are being excluded from technical and non-technical positions in one of the nation’s wealthiest, fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook's diversity efforts failing African-American and Hispanic women," 12 July 2018 But, Swicord tells The Times, Streep will portray Josephine March, the girls’ wealthy, hard-to-please aunt. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Exclusive: Meryl Streep will play Aunt March, not Marmee, in Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'," 4 July 2018 The Trump Court will be more than ever a boon for white men and the wealthy, as is the Trump presidency in general. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 As a concept, the dino refuge is a park for the ultra-wealthy, a resort on a remote Costa Rican island that people would pay virtually any price to attend. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Ray Arnold," 11 June 2018 Suicide does not discriminate between the poor, the wealthy, the successful, the unsuccessful. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Fans at the Portland Track Festival saw excellent racing: Oregon track & field rundown," 11 June 2018 There are some nights—especially ever since the Far North Side became wealthier, as all those SROs became condos—when Big Chicks looks homogenized too. David Tamarkin, Bon Appetit, "“I Think We Have a Gay Bar”," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money and possessions


\ˈwel-thē \
wealthier; wealthiest

Kids Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money or possessions : rich

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