The word wealth has many shades of meaning, but most involve having a lot of something — often money or something else that's valuable. You might have a wealth of experience, or you might have great personal wealth.

First used in the mid-13th century, the noun wealth can mean having a lot of material goods or money. A person with this kind of wealth may have a chateau in Italy with a vineyard and a personal yacht. Wealth can also mean a big supply of something. The birth of a newborn baby will surely bring a wealth of happiness and joy to a family.

Definitions of wealth

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

wealth reckoned in terms of money
big bucks, big money, bundle, megabucks, pile
a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
Type of:
belongings, holding, property
something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

n 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”
impoverishment, poorness, poverty
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
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affluence, richness
abundant wealth
inherited wealth
wealth that is inherited rather than earned
luxuriousness, luxury, opulence, sumptuousness
wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
wealth regarded as an evil influence
sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations
comfort, ease
a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
old money, silver spoon
the inherited wealth of established upper-class families
Type of:
financial condition
the condition of (corporate or personal) finances

n an abundance of material possessions and resources

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great wealth
hoarded wealth, treasure
accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.
a large amount of wealth or prosperity
something of value
king's ransom
a very large treasure
treasure trove, trove
treasure of unknown ownership found hidden (usually in the earth)
Type of:
material resource
assets in the form of material possessions

n the quality of profuse abundance

“she has a wealth of talent”
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abundance, copiousness, teemingness
the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply

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