a. rich

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rich (rɪtʃ)
 
adj (when postpositive, usually foll by in) (when postpositive, usually foll by in or with)
1.  a.  well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the rich
2.  having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etc: a land rich in metals
3.  producing abundantly; fertile: rich soil
4.  well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in): a country rich with cultural interest
5.  of great worth or quality; valuable: a rich collection of antiques
6.  luxuriant or prolific: a rich growth of weeds
7.  expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costly: a rich display
8.  (of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
9.  having a full-bodied flavour: a rich ruby port
10.  (of a smell) pungent or fragrant
11.  (of colour) intense or vivid; deep: a rich red
12.  (of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
13.  Compare weak (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuel
14.  very amusing, laughable, or ridiculous: a rich joke; a rich situation
 
n
15.  See riches
 
[Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish king)]

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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rich
O.E. rice "wealthy, powerful, mighty," from P.Gmc. *rikijaz (cf. O.N. rikr, O.H.G. rihhi "ruler, powerful, rich," O.Fris. rike, Du. rijk, Ger. reich "rich," Goth. reiks "ruler, powerful, rich"), borrowed from a Celtic source akin to Gaulish *rix, O.Ir. ri (gen. rig) "king," from PIE base *reg- "move
in a straight line," hence, "direct, rule" (see rex). The form of the word infl. in M.E. by O.Fr. riche "wealthy," from Frank. *riki "powerful," from the Gmc. source. The evolution of the word reflects a connection between wealth and power in the ancient world. Of food and colors, from early 14c.; of sounds, from 1590s. Sense of "entertaining, amusing" is recorded from 1760. The noun meaning "the wealthy" was in O.E.
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