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1. Abundant wealth: "the impassable gulf that lies between riches and poverty" (Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
2. Valuable or precious possessions.

[Middle English richesse, wealth, from Old French, from riche, wealthy; see rich.]


pl n
wealth; an abundance of money, valuable possessions, or property


(ˈrɪtʃ ɪz)
abundant and valuable possessions; wealth.
[1175–1225; Middle English, pl. of Middle English riche wealth, power (Old English rīce power, rule)]




  1. Appearance of wealth will draw wealth to it. As honey draws hungry flies —George Garrett
  2. Have money like sand —Louis MacNeice
  3. His bank account swelled like a puff ball —Christina Stead
  4. Inherited wealth is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to morality —William K. Vanderbilt
  5. Like our other passions, the desire for riches is more sharpened by their use than by their lack —Michel de Montaigne
  6. A man that keeps riches but doesn’t enjoy them is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles —Thomas Fuller

    “Doesn’t enjoy them” has been modernized from “And enjoys them not.”

  7. More money than the telephone company’s got wrong numbers —Sam Hellman
  8. (The auction was attended by collectors with) pockets as deep as wells —Anon
  9. Property, like liberty, thought immune under the Constitution from destruction, is not immune from regulation essential for the common good —Benjamin Cardozo
  10. Prosperity is like a tender mother, but blind, who spoils her children —English proverb
  11. Prosperity is like perfume, it often makes the head ache —Duchess of Newcastle
  12. The rich are driven by wealth as beggars by the itch —W. B. Yeats
  13. Rich as a congressman —Carson McCullers
  14. Riches, like insects, when concealed they lie, wait but for wings, and in their season fly —Alexander Pope

    Pope spelled the fifth word “conceal’d.”

  15. The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality —Benjamin Franklin
  16. Wealth is an engine that can be used for power if you are an engineer; but to be tied to the flywheel of an engine is rather a misfortune —Elbert Hubbard
  17. Wealth is like a viper, which is harmless if a man knows how to take hold of it; but if he does not, it will twine round his hand and bite him —Saint Clement
  18. Wealth like rheumatism falls on the weakest parts —John Ray’s Proverbs
  19. Worldly riches are like nuts; many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth broke in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them —Ralph Venning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riches - an abundance of material possessions and resourcesriches - an abundance of material possessions and resources
material resource - assets in the form of material possessions
gold - great wealth; "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson
hoarded wealth, treasure - accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels etc.; "the pirates hid their treasure on a small island in the West Indies"


plural noun
2. resources, stocks, stores, treasures Russia's vast natural riches
"The chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches" [Adam Smith Wealth of Nations]
"Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress" [Francis Bacon De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum]


A great amount of accumulated money and precious possessions:


[ˈrɪtʃɪz] NPLriqueza fsing


[ˈrɪtʃɪz] nplricchezze fpl


(ritʃ) adjective
1. wealthy; having a lot of money, possessions etc. a rich man/country.
2. (with in) having a lot (of something). This part of the country is rich in coal.
3. valuable. a rich reward; rich materials.
4. containing a lot of fat, eggs, spices etc. a rich sauce.
5. (of clothes, material etc) very beautiful and expensive.
ˈrichly adverb
ˈrichness noun
ˈriches noun plural
References in classic literature ?
Because if you care much about riches, you will never go and marry a poor man," said Jo, frowning at Laurie, who was mutely warning her to mind what she said.
Professor Beecher, young and foolish, would not consent to delve into the riches of the ancient city, being too much chagrined over the loss of the idol.
Why had Coronado never gone back to Spain, to his riches and his castles and his king?
Yes, yes, I have heard that a young gentleman of vast riches, from one of the provinces far south, has got the place.
Neither had success as yet affected their boyish simplicity and the frankness of old frontier habits; they played with their new-found riches with the naive delight of children, and rehearsed their glowing future with the importance and triviality of school-boys.
It was too powerful for the conscientious scruples of the old bachelor; at whose death, accordingly, the mansion-house, together with most of his other riches, passed into the possession of his next legal representative.
Clare, that has larnin, and riches, and friends,--how much he might do for the Lord
Confucius said: "If a state is governed by the principles of reason, poverty and misery are subjects of shame; if a state is not governed by the principles of reason, riches and honors are subjects of shame.
The foreign words and phrases which they use have their exact equivalents in a nobler language--English; yet they think they 'adorn their page' when they say STRASSE for street, and BAHNHOF for railway-station, and so on--flaunting these fluttering rags of poverty in the reader's face and imagining he will be ass enough to take them for the sign of untold riches held in reserve.
He stole them from his brother Jake when he was laying dead, after Jake had stole them from the other thieves; but Jubiter didn't know he was stealing them; and he's been swelling around here with them a month; yes, sir, twelve thousand dollars' worth of di'monds on him--all that riches, and going around here every day just like a poor man.
This town is stilish, gay and fair, And full of wellthy riches rare, But I would pillow on my arm The thought of my sweet Brookside Farm.
To describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be almost equal to describing the riches of Job.