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.
sumptuous; 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.
strongly fragrant; pungent:a rich odor.
Agricultureproducing or yielding abundantly:a rich soil.
abundant, plentiful, or ample:a rich supply.
Automotive(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.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English rīce (adjective, adjectival) Celtic; cognate with German reich wealthy; akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged well-to-do, moneyed. Rich,wealthy,affluent all indicate abundance of possessions. Rich is the general word; 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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bountiful, copious, luxuriant.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged precious, high-priced, dear.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intense, vibrant.
14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aromatic.
15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.
16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –5, 15, 16. poor.
BiographicalAdrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.