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Meaning of rich by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Richard. The surname also derives from rich as a nickname .

    Proper noun


    1. A diminutive of the male given name Richard .
    2. A surname .

Explanation of rich by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. affording an abundant supply

    2. a rich supply
    3. strong

    4. a rich red
    5. marked by great fruitfulness

    6. rich soil
    7. pleasantly full and mellow

    8. a rich tenor voice
    9. very productive

    10. rich seams of coal
    11. possessing material wealth

    12. her father is extremely rich
      many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles
    13. having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances ( especially natural resources )

    14. blessed with a land rich in minerals
      rich in ideas
      rich with cultural interest
    15. suggestive of or characterized by great expense

    16. a rich display
    17. high in mineral content

    18. a rich vein of copper,
      a rich gas mixture
    19. marked by richness and fullness of flavor

    20. a rich ruby port
    21. of great worth or quality

    22. a rich collection of antiques
    23. containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar

    24. rich desserts
      they kept gorging on rich foods
    1. people who have possessions and wealth ( considered as a group )

    2. only the very rich benefit from this legislation

    Definition of rich by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Rich, ( rĭch ), a. [Compar. Richer ( ); superl. Richest.] [OE. riche, AS. rīce rich, powerful; akin to OS. rīki, D. rijk, G. reich, OHG. rīhhi, Icel. rīkr, Sw. rik, Dan. rig, Goth. reiks; from a word meaning, ruler, king, probably borrowed from Celtic, and akin to L. rex, regis, king, regere to guide, rule. √283. See Right, and cf. Derrick, Enrich, Rajah, Riches, Royal.]
      1. Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; -- opposed to poor. “Rich merchants.” Chaucer.

      The rich [person] hath many friends. Prov. xiv. 20.

      As a thief, bent to unhoard the cash

      Of some rich burgher. Milton.

      2. Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, “a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop”.

      If life be short, it shall be glorious;

      Each minute shall be rich in some great action. Rowe.

      The gorgeous East with richest hand

      Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold. Milton.

      3. Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, “rich soil or land; a rich mine.”

      4. Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as, “a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents”.

      Like to rich and various gems. Milton.

      5. Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; -- especially applied to articles of food or drink which are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; as, “a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit”.

      Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India. Baker.

      6. Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, “a rich color”.

      7. Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, “a rich voice; rich music”.

      8. Abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, “a rich landscape; rich scenery”.

      9. Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, “the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character”. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

      ☞ Rich is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, rich-fleeced, rich-jeweled, rich-laden, rich-stained.

      Syn. -- Wealthy; affluent; opulent; ample; copious; abundant; plentiful; fruitful; costly; sumptuous; precious; generous; luscious.

    2. Rich, v. t. To enrich. [Obs.] Gower.