Origin of richesMiddle English singular noun richess ; from Old French richesse ; from riche: see rich
- Abundant wealth: “the impassable gulf that lies between riches and poverty” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
- Valuable or precious possessions.
Origin of richesMiddle English richesse, wealth, from Old French, from riche, wealthy; see rich.
Middle English riches, plural of riche (“power, wealth"), from Old English rÄ«Ä‹e (“power, authority, dominion"). Confused with Middle English richesse (“wealth"), from Old French, from riche (“rich, wealthy"), of Germanic origin, from Frankish rÄ«ki "rich" from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«kijaz (“rich, powerful"), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“to straighten, direct, make right"). Akin to Old High German rÄ«hhi (“rich") (German reich (“rich")), Old English rÄ«Ä‹e (“rich"), Old English racu (“explanation, reasoning"). More at rich
- A patronymic surname.