Richness is a quality or characteristic, either of having a lot of money or of being plentiful. The richness of exotic bird life in Hawaii may be much more appealing to you than the richness of your wealthy neighbors.

When you use the noun richness to talk about an abundance of something, you're emphasizing how luxurious or bountiful it is. And if you mention the richness of a meal or a dessert, you're talking about its delicious, fatty, and filling nature: "The richness of this chocolate mousse is off the charts!" Sometimes richness also means "intensity," as in the richness of the deep blue sky.

Definitions of richness

n abundant wealth

“they studied forerunners of richness or poverty”
“the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty”
comfort, ease
a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
lap of luxury
in conditions of wealth and comfort
Type of:
wealth, wealthiness
the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money

n the quality of having high intrinsic value

“the richness of the mines and pastureland”
“the cut of her clothes and the richness of the fabric were distinctive”
Type of:
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

n the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth

“he praised the richness of the soil”
fertility, prolificacy, rankness
Type of:
fecundity, fruitfulness
the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth

n the property of being extremely abundant

“the idiomatic richness of English”
cornucopia, profuseness, profusion
a profusion of growth on or over something else
greenness, verdancy, verdure
the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation
a bewildering profusion
Type of:
abundance, copiousness, teemingness
the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply

n the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasing

“he was well aware of the richness of his own appearance”
fullness, mellowness
Type of:
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n splendid or imposing in size or appearance

“impressed by the richness of the flora”
grandness, impressiveness, magnificence
expansiveness, expansivity
a quality characterized by magnificence of scale or the tendency to expand
loftiness, majesty, stateliness
impressiveness in scale or proportion
Type of:
the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree

n a strong deep vividness of hue

“the fire-light gave a richness of coloring to that side of the room”
Type of:
shade, tincture, tint, tone
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

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