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).

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.

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.
  • v. To enrich.

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.

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

Word Usage

" Fancy Wynter, of all men, dying rich -- actually _rich_. "


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