\ ˈwel-thē also ˈwelt-thē How to pronounce wealthy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce wealthily (audio) \ adverb
wealthiness \ ˈwel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce wealthiness (audio) \ 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

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

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For leagues outside the wealthiest, an upset or elusive at-large bid is like winning the lottery. Larry Fenn, The Seattle Times, "Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts," 27 Mar. 2019 The comedy centers around a wealthy man named Miguel, played by Jaime Camil, whose trust fund gets cut off by his father. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Was Just Cast in Her First Major Role Since Leaving the Show," 7 Mar. 2019 At the turn of the 20th century, rapid industrialization and railroad expansion made Chicago steel tycoon Clyde Carr a wealthy man. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "What’s It Take to Sell a Home on Chicago’s Lake Michigan? Patience," 21 Feb. 2019 Nothing is scarier than a wealthy man with connections looking to cause some major damage. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 Ohio cold case detectives investigating the bizarre separate disappearances of a wealthy man in 1994 and his wife in 2003 searched a rundown farm last week owned by the couple’s 63-year-old son. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Cold case detectives search Ohio farm in couple's separate disappearances in 1994 and 2003," 9 Sep. 2018 Just look at current and past slates of gubernatorial candidates, a veritable field of wealthy men: Bill Weld, Mitt Romney, Christy Mihos, Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick, Bob Massie. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 July 2018 The magazine estimates her worth at $900 million, on par with Jay Z, the wealthiest man in hip-hop at age 48. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner, worth $900 million, on track to be youngest self-made billionaire by age 21," 11 July 2018 Trump also reportedly circulated at parties for wealthy men featuring cocaine and underage girls. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 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 How to pronounce wealthy (audio) \
wealthier; wealthiest

Kids Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money or possessions : rich

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