- 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." Richmerchants." [Chaucer.]"The richperson] hath many friends." [Prov. xiv. 20.]"As a thief, bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher." [Milton.]
- Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop."If life be short, it shall be glorious; Each minute shall be rich in some great action." [Rowe.]"The gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold." [Milton.]
- Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine.
- Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as, a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents."Like to rich and various gems." [Milton.]
- 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; as, a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit."Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India." [Baker.]
- Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color.
- Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music.
- Abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, a rich landscape; rich scenery.
- Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character.(Colloq)synonyms: Wealthy; affluent; opulent; ample; copious; abundant; plentiful; fruitful; costly; sumptuous; precious; generous; luscious.
Note: ☞ Rich is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, rich-fleeced, rich-jeweled, rich-laden, rich-stained.
Etymology: OE. riche, AS. rīce rich, powerful; akin to OS. rīki, D. rijk, G. reich, OHG. rīhhi, Icel. rīkr, Sw. rik, Dan. rig, Goth. reiks; from a word meaning, ruler, king, probably borrowed from Celtic, and akin to L. rex regis, king, regere to guide, rule. √283. See Right, and cf. Derrick Enrich Rajah Riches Royal