What does rich mean?

Definitions for rich

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rich.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rich people, richadjective

    people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)

    "only the very rich benefit from this legislation"

  2. richadjective

    possessing material wealth

    "her father is extremely rich"; "many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles"

  3. richadjective

    having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources)

    "blessed with a land rich in minerals"; "rich in ideas"; "rich with cultural interest"

  4. richadjective

    of great worth or quality

    "a rich collection of antiques"

  5. fat, fertile, productive, richadjective

    marked by great fruitfulness

    "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"

  6. deep, richadjective

    strong; intense

    "deep purple"; "a rich red"

  7. richadjective

    very productive

    "rich seams of coal"

  8. richadjective

    high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air

    "a rich vein of copper", "a rich gas mixture"

  9. richadjective

    suggestive of or characterized by great expense

    "a rich display"

  10. richadjective

    containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar

    "rich desserts"; "they kept gorging on rich foods"

  11. full-bodied, racy, rich, robustadjective

    marked by richness and fullness of flavor

    "a rich ruby port"; "full-bodied wines"; "a robust claret"; "the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee"

  12. richadjective

    pleasantly full and mellow

    "a rich tenor voice"

  13. ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful, richadjective

    affording an abundant supply

    "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply"


  1. richadjective

    Wealthy: having a lot of money and possessions.

  2. richadjective

    Having a fatty, intense flavour.

  3. richadjective

    Plentiful, abounding, abundant, fulfilling

  4. richadjective

    Very amusing.

  5. richadjective

    Ridiculous, absurd.

  6. richadjective

    Elaborate, having complex formatting, multimedia, or depth of interaction.

  7. richadjective

    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.

  8. Richnoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Richard.

  9. Richnoun

    A surname.

  10. Etymology: From riche, from rice, from rīkijaz, probably from rīgos, from reg-. Cognate with ryk, rijk, reich, rig, ríkur. The Middle English word was reinforced by riche, from the same Proto-Germanic root.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RICHadjective

    Etymology: riche, Fr. ricco, Italian; rica , Saxon.

    I am as rich in having such a jewel,
    As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl. William Shakespeare.

    The rich shall not give more, and the poor no less. Exod.

    A thief bent to unhoard the cash
    Of some rich burgher. John Milton.

    Several nations of the Americans are rich in land, and poor in all the comforts of life. John Locke.

    He may look upon the rich as benefactors, who have beautified the prospect all around him. Jeremiah Seed.

    Earth, in her rich attire,
    Consummate lovely smil’d. John Milton.

    So we th’ Arabian coast do know
    At distance, when the spices blow,
    By the rich odour taught to steer,
    Though neither day nor star appear. Edmund Waller.

    If life be short, it shall be glorious,
    Each minute shall be rich in some great action. Nicholas Rowe.

    Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India. Thomas Baker.

    There are, who fondly studious of increase,
    Rich foreign mold on their ill-natur’d land
    Induce. Philips.


  1. rich

    The ring-imaging Cherenkov, or RICH, detector is a device for identifying the type of an electrically charged subatomic particle of known momentum, that traverses a transparent refractive medium, by measurement of the presence and characteristics of the Cherenkov radiation emitted during that traversal. RICH detectors were first developed in the 1980s and are used in high energy elementary particle- , nuclear- and astro-physics experiments. This article outlines the origins and principles of the RICH detector, with brief examples of its different forms in modern physics experiments.


  1. rich

    Rich refers to having a significant amount of wealth or valuable resources, which could include money, properties, or other possessions of high value. It can also refer to being abundant, plentiful, or highly concentrated in quality or quantity. In a broader sense, it might not only refer to material wealth but also to spiritual or cultural wealth, as in a rich culture or rich in kindness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rich

    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

  2. Rich

    hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop

  3. Rich

    yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine

  4. Rich

    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

  5. Rich

    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

  6. Rich

    not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color

  7. Rich

    full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music

  8. Rich

    abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, a rich landscape; rich scenery

  9. Rich

    abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character

  10. Richverb

    to enrich

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rich

    rich (comp. Rich′er, superl. Rich′est), adj. abounding in possessions: wealthy: valuable: sumptuous: fertile: full of agreeable or nutritive qualities: affluent: productive, as a rich mine: costly: mighty: ruling: ample: of superior quality: luxurious: of great moral worth: highly seasoned or flavoured, as rich pastry: bright, as a colour: full of harmonious sounds, as a rich voice: full of beauty, as a rich landscape: of a vivid colour: extravagant, as a rich joke.—v.t. (Shak.) to enrich.—v.i. to grow rich.—v.i. Rich′en, to become rich, or of higher quality of any kind.—adj. Rich′-left (Shak.), left with much wealth, richly endowed.—adv. Rich′ly.—n. Rich′ness, wealth: abundance: fruitfulness: value: costliness: abundance of imagery. [A.S. ríce, rich; Ger. reich, Dut. rijk, Goth. reiks.]

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  2. RICH

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RICH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rich is ranked #696 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rich surname appeared 49,481 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 17 would have the surname Rich.

    85.2% or 42,158 total occurrences were White.
    9.2% or 4,597 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 1,192 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 925 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 332 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 277 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rich' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1595

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rich' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1506

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rich' in Adjectives Frequency: #155

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rich in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rich in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rich in a Sentence

  1. Laura Cipullo:

    Laura Cipullo says. $ 2.49 each at Whole Foods( locations atWholeFoodsMarket.com) 7. Pitaya Also known as dragon fruit, this colorful cactus has a kiwilike taste. It’s rich in phytonutrients, good fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, says Laura Cipullo, a registered dietitian based near Union Square. How to enjoy it : Slice it open raw and scoop out the flesh for a refreshing and healthy treat, or look for frozen pitaya and make smoothies with it. $ 4 a pound at Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester St. ; 212-966-0337 FOLLOW Laura Cipullo ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS 8. Cracked freekeh Move over, quinoa, and make room for freekeh.

  2. Don Marquis:

    When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?

  3. Branden Condy:

    The real difference between rich and poor is mindset.

  4. Eva Perón:

    When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.

  5. The White House:

    Since the Speaker has chosen to tear this Nation apart with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actions and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rhetoric, the President will not participate in moments where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi so often chooses to drive discord and disunity, and will instead celebrate the rich history and strong ties between the United States and Ireland at The White House on March 12, the relationship between our two countries has never been stronger, and the President looks forward to welcoming the Prime Minister of Ireland for the annual Shamrock Bowl presentation.

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