- IPA: /wɛlθ/
- Rhymes: -ɛlθ
- See also Wikisaurus:wealth
From Middle English welth, welthe, weolthe ( “happiness, prosperity” ), alteration ( due to similar words in -th: compare helth ( “health” ), derth ( “dearth” ) ) of wele ( “wealth, well-being, weal” ), from Old English wela ( “wealth, prosperity” ), from Proto-Germanic *welô ( “well-being, prosperity” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- ( “good, best” ), equivalent to weal + -th. Cognate with Dutch weelde ( “wealth” ), Low German weelde ( “wealth” ), Old High German welida, welitha ( “wealth” ). Related also to German Wohl ( “welfare, well-being, weal” ), Danish vel ( “weal, welfare” ), Swedish väl ( “well-being, weal” ). More at weal, well .
Explanation of wealth by Wordnet Dictionary
- Wealth n. [OE. welthe, from wele; cf. D. weelde luxury. See Weal prosperity.]
1. Weal; welfare; prosperity; good. [Obs.] “Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.” 1 Cor. x. 24.
2. Large possessions; a comparative abundance of things which are objects of human desire; esp., abundance of worldly estate; affluence; opulence; riches.
I have little wealth to lose. Shak.
Each day new wealth, without their care, provides. Dryden.
Wealth comprises all articles of value and nothing else. F. A. Walker.
3. ( Econ. ) In the private sense, all property which has a money value. In the public sense, all objects, esp. material objects, which have economic utility. Those energies, faculties, and habits directly contributing to make people industrially efficient; in this sense, specifically called personal wealth.
Active wealth. See under Active.
Syn. -- Riches; affluence; opulence; abundance.
Definition of wealth by GCIDE Dictionary