rich

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rich /rɪtʃ/USA pronunciation   adj., -er, -est, n. 

adj. 
  • 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.]
    • highly amusing, so as to be absurd:Go on a date with you? Ha, that's rich!

    n. 
  • the rich, [plural; used with a plural verb] rich people thought of as a group:The rich get richer.
  • rich•ly, adv. 
    rich•ness, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    rich  (rich), 
    adj., -er, -est, n. 
    adj. 
  • 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[Auto.](of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean).
  • [Informal.]
    • highly amusing.
    • ridiculous; absurd.

    n. 
  • (used with a pl. v.) rich persons collectively (usually prec. by the):new tax shelters for the rich.
  • Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English;
    Old English rīce (adjective, adjectival) Celtic;
    cognate with German reich wealthy;
    akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king
    richly, adv. 
    richness, n. 
    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 . bountiful, copious, luxuriant.7 . precious, high-priced, dear.12 . intense, vibrant.14 . aromatic.15 . fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.16 . bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous. ant'>
    1–5, 15, 16. poor.
    Rich  (rich), 
    n. 
  • MonarchyAdrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.
  • a male given name, form of Richard. 


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    rich /rɪtʃ/ adj
    1. well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the rich
    3. when postpositive, usually followed by in: having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etc: a land rich in metals
    4. producing abundantly; fertile: rich soil
    5. when postpositive, usually followed by in or with: well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in): a country rich with cultural interest
    6. of great worth or quality; valuable: a rich collection of antiques
    7. luxuriant or prolific: a rich growth of weeds
    8. expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costly: a rich display
    9. (of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
    10. having a full-bodied flavour: a rich ruby port
    11. (of a smell) pungent or fragrant
    12. (of colour) intense or vivid; deep: a rich red
    13. (of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
    14. (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuel
    15. very amusing, laughable, or ridiculous: a rich joke, a rich situation
    n
    1. See riches
    Etymology: Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish king)



    Rich /rɪtʃ/ n
    1. 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)
    2. Buddy, real name Bernard Rich. 1917–87, US jazz drummer and band leader



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