rich, riches

(Latin: possibly from regius, kingly, royal > powerful, mighty > wealthy, opulent; then > rich)

enrich (verb), enriches; enriched; enriching
1. To make someone wealthy or wealthier: Monroe hit a jack pot in the casino which enriched his small economic existence.
2. To improve the quality or usefulness of something by making it better: People are finding that they can enrich their vocabulary much more by using this lexicon.
From rags to riches. (an idiomatic phrase)
From extreme poverty to great wealth: Going from rags to riches is an expression that describes a situation about someone who has had very little money and then becomes very rich.
nouveau riche (s) (noun), nouveaux riches (pl)
Someone who has suddenly acquired wealth and who may be perceived as not being as refined as others who have grown up in such an environment: Harvey is a nouveau riche who recently became abundantly supplied with funds and was quickly buying items of great value which he could never have done before.
Someone who has just become rich.
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Someone who has recently achieved richness and wants to buy a luxury boat.
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rich (adjective); richer, more rich; richest, most rich
1. Owning a lot of money and/or expensive property: The rich landlord owned extensive acreage of valuable farmland and he even had access to a river.
2. Worth a great deal of money: The local owner of a brewery left a richer endowment to the famous university than anyone had ever done before.
3. Made from or consisting of things of the highest quality: The furniture upholstery and drapery were made of the richest brocade fabric and colors that Kate had ever seen before.
4. Providing or having a large amount of something that is needed or wanted: This lexicon has a rich source of vocabulary information.
5. Very interesting and full of many different things: Carol and Virginia have a rich vocabulary which they strive to share with others.
6. Producing a big quantity of something: Novels have always been the rich contents of material for the movie industry.

These days, the internet is a very rich source of all kinds of information for everyone.

7. Etymology: the original meaning of rich was "mighty, noble".

It goes back ultimately to the Indo-European base reg-, "move in a straight line"; therefore, "direct" and "rule" which is the source of English right from Latin rex, "king" (ancestor of English regent, regiment, etc.).

—Compiled from information located in
Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto;
Arcade Publishing; New York; 1990; page 445.
rich mixture (s) (noun), rich mixtures (pl)
An air-fuel combination that has a relatively high proportion of fuel and a relatively low quantity of air: In this case, rich mixture applies to oil and gas, or combustible fuel which exceeds the optimum level for such compositions or blends.
riches (pl) (noun)
1. Existing in large quantities and in plentiful supplies: Winning the lottery provided the couple with riches beyond their greatest expectations.
2. An abundance of possessions: One wealthy man spends his riches by owning several homes in different countries and traveling to them throughout the year.
richly (adverb), more richly, most richly
1. Relating to an expensive and luxurious way: The apartment was richly decorated with expensive furniture and artistic walls.
2. Pertaining to a bountiful and generous result: The quiz contestants were richly rewarded for their knowledge.
3. A reference to being well rewarded: The results of the successful financial investments that Mark made were richly deserved.
4. Containing a large or significant amount of something: This on-line dictionary is richly supplied with cartoons that illustrate what thousands of words mean and even amuse users as well.
richness (s) (noun), richnesses (pl)
1. Having a great deal of value and worth: The richness of the soil on Manfred's farm made it possible for him to grow crops that are very nutritious.
2. Abounding, abundant and overflowing: Adam grew up in a family that had a richness of love, encouragement, and understanding.