rich

The rich are the wealthy people in society. If you daydream of owning multi-billion dollar corporations and driving around in fancy cars, then you dream of being one of the rich.

Rich is a cognate (meaning a word that sounds the same and means the same) with various of Germanic, Frisian, and Dutch words for "king." Now it tends to be an adjective meaning "abundant." That might be abundant money, as in your rich cousin Henry. A rich sauce is buttery and creamy and delicious. Rich land is fertile and abundant in crops. A rich idea has many possible applications. Rich coffee is full, dark and intense.

Definitions of rich
  1. adjective
    possessing material wealth
    “her father is extremely rich
    “many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles”
    Synonyms:
    abundant
    present in great quantity
    privileged
    blessed with privileges
    affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy
    having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
    comfortable, easy, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do
    in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
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    poor
    having little money or few possessions
    underprivileged
    lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
    broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke
    lacking funds
    destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
    poor enough to need help from others
    hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, pinched
    not having enough money to pay for necessities
    moneyless
    having no money
    unprovided for
    without income or means
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  2. adjective
    of great worth or quality
    “a rich collection of antiques”
    Synonyms:
    valuable
    having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange
  3. adjective
    suggestive of or characterized by great expense
    “a rich display”
    Synonyms:
    deluxe, gilded, grand, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous
    rich and superior in quality
    extravagant, lavish, lucullan, lush, plush, plushy
    characterized by extravagance and profusion
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    Antonyms:
    poor
    characterized by or indicating poverty
    beggarly, mean
    marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    slummy
    (of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty
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  4. noun
    people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
    “only the very rich benefit from this legislation”
    synonyms: rich people
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    Antonyms:
    poor, poor people
    people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  5. adjective
    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”
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    Antonyms:
    poor
    lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances
    resourceless
    lacking or deficient in natural resources
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  6. adjective
    affording an abundant supply
    “a rich supply”
    synonyms: ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful
    abundant
    present in great quantity
  7. adjective
    very productive
    rich seams of coal”
    Synonyms:
    productive
    producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly)
  8. adjective
    marked by great fruitfulness
    rich soil”
    synonyms: fat, fertile, productive
    fruitful
    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
  9. adjective
    high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air
    “"a rich vein of copper", "a rich gas mixture”
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    Antonyms:
    lean
    lacking in mineral content or combustible material
  10. adjective
    marked by richness and fullness of flavor
    “a rich ruby port”
    synonyms: full-bodied, racy, robust
    tasty
    pleasing to the sense of taste
  11. adjective
    containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar
    rich desserts”
    “they kept gorging on rich foods”
    Synonyms:
    unwholesome
    detrimental to physical or moral well-being
  12. adjective
    strong; intense
    “a rich red”
    synonyms: deep
    colorful, colourful
    having striking color
  13. adjective
    pleasantly full and mellow
    “a rich tenor voice”
    Synonyms:
    full
    (of sound) having marked deepness and body
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