- The definition of rich means having great value, worth or material wealth, or money, or containing ingredients to give something a heavy, deep flavor.
- An example of someone rich is Bill Gates.
- An example of something rich is a cup of dark hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.
- The rich is defined as the group of people who are wealthy.
An example of the rich are those individuals making over $250,000 a year in some parts of the country.
- having more than enough of material possessions; owning much money or property; wealthy
- having abundant natural resources: a rich country
- well-supplied (with); abounding (in): rich in minerals
- worth much; valuable: a rich prize
- of valuable materials or fine, elaborate workmanship; costly and elegant: rich gifts
- elaborate; luxurious; sumptuous: a rich banquet
- having an abundance of good constituents or qualities; specif.,
- full of nutritious or choice ingredients, esp. fats and sugar, and spices, etc.: rich pastries
- full of strength and flavor; full-bodied: rich coffee
- full, deep, and mellow: said of sounds, the voice, etc.
- deep; intense; vivid: said of colors
- very fragrant: said of odors
- having a high proportion of fuel to air: a rich fuel mixture
- abundant; plentiful; ample: a rich fund of stories
- yielding or producing in abundance: rich soil, a rich silver mine
- abounding in humor; very amusing
- absurd; preposterous
Origin of richMiddle English riche from Old English and OFr: Old English rice, noble, powerful: see right
- Having great material wealth: He was so rich he didn't have to work.
- a. Having great worth or value: a rich harvest.b. Made of or containing valuable materials: rich cabinetry.c. Magnificent; sumptuous: a rich banquet.
- Abundant or productive, as:a. Having an abundant supply: Meat is rich in protein.b. Abounding in natural resources: a rich region.c. Having many nutrients for plant growth; fertile: rich land.d. Very productive and therefore financially profitable: rich seams of coal.
- a. Containing a large amount of choice ingredients, such as butter, sugar, or eggs, and therefore unusually heavy or sweet: a rich dessert.b. Strong in aroma or flavor: a rich coffee.c. Containing a large proportion of fuel to air: a rich gas mixture.
- a. Pleasantly full and mellow: a rich tenor voice.b. Warm and strong in color: a rich brown velvet.
- Highly varied, developed, or complex: rich musical harmonies; a rich cultural tradition.
- Informal Highly amusing, often for being absurd or preposterous.
nounused with a pl. verb
Origin of richMiddle English riche from Old French ( of Germanic origin ) and from Old English rīce strong, powerful ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative richer, superlative richest)
- Wealthy: having a lot of money and possessions.
- Having a fatty, intense flavour.
- a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry
- Plentiful, abounding, abundant, fulfilling.
- a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop
- Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful.
- rich soil or land; a rich mine
- Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly.
- a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents
- Not faint or delicate; vivid.
- a rich red colour
- (informal, dated) Very amusing.
- The scene was a rich one.
- a rich incident or character
- (informal) Ridiculous, absurd.
- Used to form adjectives when combined with common nouns for things considered desirable in the context. The resulting adjectives usually mean "abounding in (common noun)".
- (computing) Elaborate, having complex formatting, multimedia, or depth of interaction.
- Of a fuel-air mixture, having less air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; less air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
- nouveau riche
(third-person singular simple present riches, present participle riching, simple past and past participle riched)
- (obsolete) To enrich.
From Middle English riche (“strong, powerful, rich"), from Old English rÄ«Ä‹e (“powerful, mighty, great, high-ranking, rich, wealthy, strong, potent"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«kijaz (“powerful, rich"), probably from Proto-Celtic *rÄ«gos (“of a ruler or king", genitive case), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“to straighten, direct, make right"). Cognate with West Frisian ryk (“rich"), Dutch rijk (“rich"), German reich (“rich"), Danish rig (“rich"), Icelandic rÃkur (“rich"). The Middle English word was reinforced by Old French riche, from the same Proto-Germanic root.
From Richard. The surname also derives from rich as a nickname.