WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rich /rɪtʃ/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
having wealth or great possessions.
having great or many natural resources:a rich harvest last year.
[be + ~ + with/in] having a great amount of something:fruits rich in vitamin C.
containing a large amount of cream, butter, fat, sugar, or the like:a rich gravy.
(of color, etc.) deep, strong, full, or mellow:a deep, rich red wine.
[be + ~][Informal.]
the rich, [plural; used with a plural verb] rich people thought of as a group:The rich get richer.
rich•ness, n. [uncountable]
- highly amusing, so as to be absurd:Go on a date with you? Ha, that's rich!
(rich), adj., -er, -est, n.
having wealth or great possessions;
abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds;
wealthy:a rich man; a rich nation.
abounding in natural resources:a rich territory.
having wealth or valuable resources (usually fol. by in):a country rich in traditions.
abounding (usually fol. by in or with):a countryside rich in beauty; a design rich with colors.
of great value or worth;
valuable:a rich harvest.
(of food) delectably and perhaps unhealthfully spicy, or sweet and abounding in butter or cream:a rich gravy; a rich pastry.
costly, expensively elegant, or fine, as dress or jewels.
elaborately abundant:a rich feast.
using valuable materials or characterized by elaborate workmanship, as buildings or furniture.
abounding in desirable elements or qualities:a man rich in kindness.
Wine(of wine) strong and finely flavored.
(of color) deep, strong, or vivid:rich purple.
full and mellow in tone:rich sounds; a rich voice.
pungent:a rich odor.
Agricultureproducing or yielding abundantly:a rich soil.
abundant, plentiful, or ample:a rich supply.
Automotive[Auto.](of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean).
(used with a pl. v.) rich persons collectively (usually prec. by the):new tax shelters for the rich.
Rich, wealthy, affluent all indicate abundance of possessions. Rich is the general word;
Old English rīce (adjective, adjectival) Celtic;
cognate with German reich wealthy;
akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king
it may imply that possessions are newly acquired:an oilman who became rich overnight.Wealthy suggests permanence, stability, and appropriate surroundings:a wealthy banker.Affluent usually suggests a generous amount of income, with a high standard of living and some social prestige and privilege:an affluent family.5 . bountiful, copious, luxuriant.7 . precious, high-priced, dear.12 . intense, vibrant.14 . aromatic.15 . fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.16 . bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous.
–5, 15, 16. poor.
MonarchyAdrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.
a male given name, form of Richard.
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rich /rɪtʃ/ adj
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the): the rich
- when postpositive, usually followed by in: having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etc: a land rich in metals
- producing abundantly; fertile: rich soil
- when postpositive, usually followed by in or with: well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in): a country rich with cultural interest
- of great worth or quality; valuable: a rich collection of antiques
- luxuriant or prolific: a rich growth of weeds
- expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costly: a rich display
- (of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
- having a full-bodied flavour: a rich ruby port
- (of a smell) pungent or fragrant
- (of colour) intense or vivid; deep: a rich red
- (of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
- (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuel
- very amusing, laughable, or ridiculous: a rich joke, a rich situation
Etymology: Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish rī king)
- See riches
Rich /rɪtʃ/ n
- Adrienne. born 1929, US poet and feminist writer; her volumes of poetry include Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963) and Diving Into the Wreck (1973)
- Buddy, real name Bernard Rich. 1917–87, US jazz drummer and band leader
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