from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abundance of valuable material possessions or resources; riches.
- n. The state of being rich; affluence.
- n. All goods and resources having value in terms of exchange or use.
- n. A great amount; a profusion: a wealth of advice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Weal; welfare; prosperity; good; well-being; happiness; joy.
- n. Riches; valuable material possessions.
- n. A great amount; an abundance or plenty.
- n. Power, of the kind associated with a great deal of money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Weal; welfare; prosperity; good.
- n. Large possessions; a comparative abundance of things which are objects of human desire; esp., abundance of worldly estate; affluence; opulence; riches.
- n. In the private sense, all pooperty which has a money value.
- n. In the public sense, all objects, esp. material objects, which have economic utility.
- n. Those energies, faculties, and habits directly contributing to make people industrially efficient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Weal; prosperity; well-being; happiness; joy.
- n. Riches; valuable material possessions; that which serves, or the aggregate of those things which serve, a useful or desired purpose, and cannot be acquired without a sacrifice of labor, capital, or time; especially, large possessions; abundance of worldly estate; affluence; opulence.
- n. Affluence; profusion; abundance.
- n. Synonyms Affluence, Riches, etc. Sec opulence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of profuse abundance
- n. property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value
- n. the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money
- n. an abundance of material possessions and resources
Middle English welthe, from wele, from Old English wela; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)