What does wealth mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wealth.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wealth, wealthinessnoun

    the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money

    "great wealth is not a sign of great intelligence"

  2. wealthnoun

    the quality of profuse abundance

    "she has a wealth of talent"

  3. wealth, richesnoun

    an abundance of material possessions and resources

  4. wealthnoun

    property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value


  1. wealthnoun

    Weal; welfare; prosperity; good; well-being; happiness; joy.

  2. wealthnoun

    Riches; valuable material possessions.

  3. wealthnoun

    A great amount; an abundance or plenty.

    She brings a wealth of knowledge to the project.

  4. wealthnoun

    Power, of the kind associated with a great deal of money.

  5. Etymology: From welth, welthe, weolthe, alteration (due to similar words in -th: compare helth, derth) of wele, from wela, from welô, from wel-, equivalent to. Cognate with weelde, weelde, welida, welitha. Related also to Wohl, vel, väl. More at weal, well.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WEALTHnoun

    Riches; money, or precious goods.

    Etymology: waleð, rich, Saxon.

    In desart hast thine habitance,
    And these rich heaps of wealth doth hide apart
    From the world’s eye and from her right usance. Fa. Queen.

    I should forge
    Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
    Destroying them for wealth. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I wish thee, Vin, above all wealth,
    Both bodily and ghostly health:
    Not too much wit or wealth come to thee;
    For much of either may undo thee. Richard Corbet.

    Each day new wealth without their care provides,
    They lie asleep with prizes in their nets. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wealthnoun

    weal; welfare; prosperity; good

  2. Wealthnoun

    large possessions; a comparative abundance of things which are objects of human desire; esp., abundance of worldly estate; affluence; opulence; riches


  1. Wealth

    Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or material possessions. The word wealth is derived from the old English weal, which is from an Indo-European word stem. An individual, community, region or country that possesses an abundance of such possessions or resources is known as wealthy. The concept of wealth is of significance in all areas of economics, and clearly so for growth economics and development economics yet the meaning of wealth is context-dependent. At the most general level, economists may define wealth as "anything of value" which captures both the subjective nature of the idea and the idea that it is not a fixed or static concept. Various definitions and concepts of wealth have been asserted by various individuals and in different contexts. Defining wealth can be a normative process with various ethical implications, since often wealth maximization is seen as a goal or is thought to be a normative principle of its own. The United Nations definition of inclusive wealth is a monetary measure which includes the sum of natural, human and physical assets. Natural capital includes land, forests, fossil fuels, and minerals. Human capital is the population's education and skills. Physical capital includes such things as machinery, buildings, and infrastructure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wealth

    welth, n. large possessions of any kind: riches.—adv. Wealth′ily.—n. Wealth′iness.—adj. Wealth′y, rich: prosperous: well-fed. [An extension of weal.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Wealth

    defined by Ruskin to be the possession of things in themselves valuable, that is, of things available for the support of life, or inherently possessed of life-giving power.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. wealth

    A cunning device of Fate whereby men are made captive, and burdened with responsibilities from which only Death can file their fetters.

Editors Contribution

  1. wealth

    An existence of being healthy and loved.

    The greatest form of wealth is knowing you are healthy and loved.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 29, 2016  

  2. wealth

    Human knowledge.

    The human knowledge within a country is a source of wealth.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 29, 2016  

  3. wealth

    Natural resources.

    The wealth of a country include natural resources, knowledge, ability of their citizens etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 29, 2016  

  4. wealth

    The education, experience, unity, ability, knowledge and skills of a person, social enterprise, group, team or organization.

    Wealth can be defined in many ways and as a collective humanity it is our role, responsibility and moral obligation to each and every being to share our wealth for the optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity of all who share this planet together.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 30, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wealth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2607

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wealth' in Nouns Frequency: #1154

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wealth in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wealth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of wealth in a Sentence

  1. James Scott:

    Man is to technology what the bee is to the flower. It’s man’s intervention that allows technology to expand and evolve itself and in return, technology offers man convenience, wealth and the lessening burden of physical labor via its automated systems.

  2. Uhuru Kenyatta:

    These reports will go a long way in enhancing the financial transparency and openness that we require in Kenya and around the globe. The movement of illicit funds, proceeds of crime and corruption thrive in an environment of secrecy and darkness, the Pandora Papers and subsequent follow up audits will lift that veil of secrecy and darkness for those who can not explain their assets or wealth.

  3. Jacqueline Chan:

    Sovereign wealth funds are well placed to make large bets... given their deep access to capital and their risk appetite for growth investments.

  4. Euripides:

    Of mortals there is no one who is happy. If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy.

  5. Michael Auslin:

    They're probably fairly well insulated from criticism, as the Bruneians are living better than almost anyone else in Southeast Asia, here you're talking about oil wealth that has been spread throughout society, the majority are benefiting.

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