Rich, (r&icr;ch), a. [Compar. Richer (); superl. Richest.] [OE. riche, AS. rice rich, powerful; akin to OS. riki, D. rijk, G. reich, OHG. rihhi, Icel. rikr, Sw. rik, Dan. rig, Goth. reiks; from a word meaning, ruler, king, probably borrowed from Celtic, and akin to L. rex, regis, king, regere to guide, rule. &root;283. See Right, and cf. Derrick, Enrich, Rajah, Riches, Royal.]


Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; -- opposed to poor.

"Rich merchants."


The rich [person] hath many friends. Prov. xiv. 20.

As a thief, bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher. Milton.


Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop.

If life be short, it shall be glorious; Each minute shall be rich in some great action. Rowe.

The gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold. Milton.


Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine.


Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as, a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents.

Like to rich and various gems. Milton.


Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; -- especially applied to articles of food or drink which are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; as, a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit.

Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India. Baker.


Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color.


Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music.


Abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, a rich landscape; rich scenery.


Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character.



Rich is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, rich-fleeced, rich-jeweled, rich-laden, rich-stained.

Syn. -- Wealthy; affluent; opulent; ample; copious; abundant; plentiful; fruitful; costly; sumptuous; precious; generous; luscious.


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Rich, v. t.

To enrich.




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