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Rich

[rich] /rɪtʃ/
noun
1.
Adrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.
2.
a male given name, form of Richard.
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British Dictionary definitions for a. rich

rich

/rɪtʃ/
adjective
1.
  1. well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the) the rich
2.
when postpositive, usually foll by in. having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etc a land rich in metals
3.
producing abundantly; fertile rich soil
4.
when postpositive, usually foll by in or with. 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.
(of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuel Compare weak (sense 12)
14.
very amusing, laughable, or ridiculous a rich joke, a rich situation
noun
15.
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Word Origin
Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish king)

Rich

/rɪtʃ/
noun
1.
Adrienne. 1929–2012, 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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Word Origin and History for a. rich

rich

adj.

Old English rice "strong, powerful; great, mighty; of high rank," in later Old English "wealthy," from Proto-Germanic *rikijaz (cf. Old Norse rikr, Swedish rik, Danish rig, Old Frisian rike "wealthy, mighty," Dutch rijk, Old High German rihhi "ruler, powerful, rich," German reich "rich," Gothic reiks "ruler, powerful, rich"), borrowed from a Celtic source akin to Gaulish *rix, Old Irish ri (genitive rig) "king," from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," hence, "direct, rule" (see rex).

The form of the word was influenced in Middle English by Old French riche "wealthy, magnificent, sumptuous," which is, with Spanish rico, Italian ricco, from Frankish *riki "powerful," or some other cognate Germanic source.

Old English also had a noun, rice "rule, reign, power, might; authority; empire." 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 Old English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for a. rich
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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