Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing great material wealth: "Now that he was rich he was not thought ignorant any more, but simply eccentric” ( Mavis Gallant).
  • adj. Having great worth or value: a rich harvest of grain.
  • adj. Magnificent; sumptuous: a rich brocade.
  • adj. Having an abundant supply: rich in ideas.
  • adj. Abounding, especially in natural resources: rich land.
  • adj. Meaningful and significant: "a rich sense of the transaction between writer and reader” ( William Zinsser).
  • adj. Very productive and therefore financially profitable: rich seams of coal.
  • adj. Containing a large amount of choice ingredients, such as butter, sugar, or eggs, and therefore unusually heavy or sweet: a rich dessert.
  • adj. Having or exuding a strong or pungent aroma: "Texas air is so rich you can nourish off it like it was food” ( Edna Ferber).
  • adj. Pleasantly full and mellow: a rich tenor voice.
  • adj. Warm and strong in color: a rich brown velvet.
  • adj. Containing a large proportion of fuel to air: a rich gas mixture.
  • adj. Informal Highly amusing.
  • n. Wealthy people considered as a group. Often used with the: "Were there, indeed, a sure appeal to the mercies of the rich, the calamities of the poor might be less intolerable” ( Charlotte Smith).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wealthy: having a lot of money and possessions.
  • adj. Having a fatty, intense flavour.
  • adj. Plentiful, abounding, abundant, fulfilling
  • adj. Very amusing.
  • adj. Ridiculous, absurd.
  • adj. 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)".
  • adj. Elaborate, having complex formatting, multimedia, or depth of interaction.
  • adj. 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.
  • v. To enrich.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; -- opposed to poor.
  • adj. Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful.
  • adj. Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful
  • adj. Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly.
  • adj. Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; -- especially applied to articles of food or drink which are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored.
  • adj. Not faint or delicate; vivid.
  • adj. Full of sweet and harmonius sounds.
  • adj. Abounding in beauty; gorgeous.
  • adj. Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining.
  • transitive v. To enrich.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ruling; powerful; mighty; noble.
  • Having wealth or large possessions; possessed of much money, goods, land, or other valuable property; wealthy; opulent: opposed to poor.
  • Amply supplied or equipped; abundantly provided; abounding: often followed by in or with.
  • Abundant in materials; producing or yielding abundantly; productive; fertile; fruitful: as, a rich mine; rich ore; rich soil.
  • Of great price or money value; costly; expensive; sumptuous; magnificent: as, rich jewels; rich gifts.
  • Of great moral worth; highly esteemed; invaluable; precious.
  • Ample; copious; abundant; plentiful; luxuriant.
  • Abounding in desirable or effective qualities or elements; of superior quality, composition, or potency.
  • Hence, specifically Having a pleasing or otherwise marked effect upon the senses by virtue of the abundance of some characteristic quality.
  • Pleasing to the ear; full or mellow in tone; harmonious; sweet.
  • Pleasing to the eye, through strength and beauty of hue; pure and strong; vivid: applied especially to color.
  • [Rich as applied to colors in zoölogy has a restricted meaning, which, however, is very difficult to define. A metallic, lustrous, or iridescent color is not rich; the word is generally applied to soft and velvety colors which are pure and distinct, as a rich black, a rich scarlet spot, etc., just as we speak of rich velvets, but generally of bright or glossy silks. Vivid is very rich or very distinct.]
  • Pleasing to the sense of smell; full of fragrance; sweet-scented; aromatic.
  • Excessive; extravagant; inordinate; outrageous; preposterous: commonly applied to ideas, fancies, fabrications, claims, demands, pretensions, conceits, jests, tricks, etc.: as, a rich notion; a rich idea; rich impudence; a rich joke; a rich hoax.
  • [This word is often used in the formation of compounds which are self-explanatory: as, rich-colored, rich-fleeced, rich-haired, rich-laden, etc.]
  • Synonyms and Affluent.
  • Fertile. etc. (see fruitful), luxuriant, teeming.
  • 5 and Splendid, valuable.
  • Copious, plenteous.
  • Savory, delicious.
  • To enrich.
  • To grow rich.
  • Richly.
  • To stretch; pull.
  • To direct.
  • To adjust; set right.
  • To address; set (one's self to do a thing).
  • To dress.
  • To mend; improve.
  • To avenge.
  • To take one's way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pleasantly full and mellow
  • n. people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
  • adj. marked by great fruitfulness
  • adj. affording an abundant supply
  • adj. having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources)
  • adj. very productive
  • adj. possessing material wealth
  • adj. marked by richness and fullness of flavor
  • adj. suggestive of or characterized by great expense
  • adj. high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air
  • adj. containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar
  • adj. of great worth or quality
  • adj. strong; intense

Etymologies

Middle English riche, from Old French (of Germanic origin) and from Old English rīce, strong, powerful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English riche ("strong, powerful, rich"), from Old English rīċe ("powerful, mighty, great, high-ranking, rich, wealthy, strong, potent"), from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz (“powerful, rich”), probably from Proto-Celtic *rīgos (“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 ríkur ("rich"). The Middle English word was reinforced by Old French riche, from the same Proto-Germanic root. (Wiktionary)

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