\ ˈwel-thē How to pronounce wealthy (audio) also ˈwelt-thē \
wealthier; wealthiest

Definition of wealthy

1 : having wealth : very affluent
2 : characterized by abundance : ample

Other Words from wealthy

wealthily \ ˈwel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce wealthy (audio) \ adverb
wealthiness \ ˈwel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce wealthy (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of wealthy in a Sentence

He is a wealthy entrepreneur. the wealthiest nations in the world
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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wealthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealthy. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wealthy


\ 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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