- The definition of abundance is to have a large amount of something, or to have wealth.
An example of abundance would be having a huge crop of corn for the year.
There is an abundance of corn here.
- a great supply; more than sufficient quantity
- great plenty; wealth
Origin of abundanceMiddle English aboundaunce ; from Old French abondaunce ; from Classical Latin abundantia ; from present participle of abundare: see abound
- a. A great or plentiful amount: an abundance of rain.b. The condition of being in rich supply: bananas growing in abundance.
- a. Degree of plentifulness: “Species of low abundance are ignored in the calculation of predominance” (William M. Lewis).b. Chemistry The amount of an isotope of an element that exists in nature, usually expressed as a percentage of the total amount of all isotopes of the element.
- Affluence; prosperity: living in abundance.
- A large quantity; many. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- An overflowing fullness or ample sufficiency; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; plentifulness. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Wealth; affluence; plentiful amount of resources. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Frequency, amount, ratio of something within a given environment or sample. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- (card games) A bid to take nine or more tricks in solo whist. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- Synonym notes: Abundance, Plenty, Exuberance. These words rise upon each other in expressing the idea of fullness.
- Plenty denotes a sufficiency to supply every want; as, plenty of food, plenty of money, etc.
- Abundance express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; as, abundance of riches, an abundance of wit and humor; often, however, it only denotes plenty in a high degree.
- Exuberance rises still higher, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing great superfluity or redundance; as, an exuberance of mirth, an exuberance of animal spirits, etc.