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Meaning of wealth by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /wɛlθ/
    • Rhymes: -ɛlθ


    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 .


    wealth ( uncountable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Weal; welfare; prosperity; good; well-being; happiness; joy .
    2. Riches; valuable material possessions .
    3. A great amount; an abundance or plenty .
      She brings a wealth of knowledge to the project .
    4. Power, of the kind associated with a great deal of money .


    • See also Wikisaurus:wealth

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    External links

    • wealth in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • wealth in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of wealth by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the quality of profuse abundance

    2. she has a wealth of talent
    3. property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value

    4. an abundance of material possessions and resources

    5. the state of being rich and affluent

    6. great wealth is not a sign of great intelligence

    Definition of wealth by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.