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riches definition

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This page has 5 definitions of riches with English translations in 4 languages. Riches is a noun and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English riches definition

Etymology

From Middle English riches, plural of riche (power, wealth), from Old English rīċe (power, authority, dominion). Confused with Middle English richesse (wealth), from Old French richesse, from riche (rich, wealthy), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *rīki (rich) from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz (rich, powerful), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (to straighten, direct, make right). Akin to Old High German rīhhi (rich) (German reich (rich)), Old English rīċe (rich), Old English racu (explanation, reasoning). More at rich.

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Noun

riches pl (plural only)

  1. Money, goods, wealth, treasure.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii], page 12:
      Cal. [] Sometimes a thouſand twangling Inſtruments
      Will hum about mine eares ; and ſometime voices,
      That if I then had wak'd after long ſleepe,
      Will make me ſleepe againe, and then in dreaming,
      The clouds methought would open, and ſhew riches
      Ready to drop vpon me, that when I wak'd
      I cri'de to dreame againe.
  2. (figuratively) An abundance of anything desirable.

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French riches definition

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Adjective

riches

  1. plural of riche

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Middle English riches definition

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Etymology

Plural of riche.

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riches (uncountable)

  1. riches, wealth

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Norman riches definition

Adjective

riches pl

  1. plural of riche (rich)