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Inflections of 'rich' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
adj comparative
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
rich /rɪtʃ/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
  1. having wealth or great possessions.
  2. having great or many natural resources:a rich harvest last year.
  3. having a great amount of something:[be + ~ + with/in]fruits rich in vitamin C.
  4. containing a large amount of cream, butter, fat, sugar, or the like:a rich gravy.
  5. (of color, etc.) deep, strong, full, or mellow:a deep, rich red wine.
  6. Informal Terms[be + ~]
    • highly amusing, so as to be absurd:Go on a date with you? Ha, that's rich!

  1. the rich, [plural;  used with a plural verb] rich people thought of as a group:The rich get richer.
rich•ly, adv. 
rich•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
rich  (rich),USA pronunciation  adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
  1. having wealth or great possessions;
    abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds;
    wealthy:a rich man; a rich nation.
  2. abounding in natural resources:a rich territory.
  3. having wealth or valuable resources (usually fol. by in):a country rich in traditions.
  4. abounding (usually fol. by in or with):a countryside rich in beauty; a design rich with colors.
  5. of great value or worth;
    valuable:a rich harvest.
  6. (of food) delectably and perhaps unhealthfully spicy, or sweet and abounding in butter or cream:a rich gravy; a rich pastry.
  7. costly, expensively elegant, or fine, as dress or jewels.
  8. sumptuous;
    elaborately abundant:a rich feast.
  9. using valuable materials or characterized by elaborate workmanship, as buildings or furniture.
  10. abounding in desirable elements or qualities:a man rich in kindness.
  11. Wine(of wine) strong and finely flavored.
  12. (of color) deep, strong, or vivid:rich purple.
  13. full and mellow in tone:rich sounds; a rich voice.
  14. strongly fragrant;
    pungent:a rich odor.
  15. Agricultureproducing or yielding abundantly:a rich soil.
  16. abundant, plentiful, or ample:a rich supply.
  17. Automotive(of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean).
  18. Informal Terms
    • highly amusing.
    • ridiculous;

  1. (used with a pl. v.) rich persons collectively (usually prec. by the):new tax shelters for the rich.
richly, adv. 
richness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English rīce (adjective, adjectival) Celtic; cognate with German reich wealthy; akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged well-to-do, moneyed.
      Rich, wealthy, affluent all indicate abundance of possessions.
      Rich is the general word;
      it may imply that possessions are newly acquired:an oilman who became rich overnight.Wealthy suggests permanence, stability, and appropriate surroundings:a wealthy banker.Affluent usually suggests a generous amount of income, with a high standard of living and some social prestige and privilege:an affluent family.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bountiful, copious, luxuriant.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged precious, high-priced, dear.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intense, vibrant.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aromatic.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.
    • 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –5, 15, 16. poor.

Rich  (rich),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. BiographicalAdrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.
  2. a male given name, form of  Richard. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rich /rɪtʃ/ adj
  1. well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the rich
  3. when postpositive, usually followed by in: having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etc: a land rich in metals
  4. producing abundantly; fertile: rich soil
  5. when postpositive, usually followed by in or with: well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in): a country rich with cultural interest
  6. of great worth or quality; valuable: a rich collection of antiques
  7. luxuriant or prolific: a rich growth of weeds
  8. expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costly: a rich display
  9. (of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
  10. having a full-bodied flavour: a rich ruby port
  11. (of a smell) pungent or fragrant
  12. (of colour) intense or vivid; deep: a rich red
  13. (of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
  14. (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuel
  15. very amusing, laughable, or ridiculous: a rich joke, a rich situation
  1. See riches
Etymology: Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish king)
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Rich /rɪtʃ/ n
  1. Adrienne. born 1929, US poet and feminist writer; her volumes of poetry include Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963) and Diving Into the Wreck (1973)
  2. Buddy, real name Bernard Rich. 1917–87, US jazz drummer and band leader
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