Definition of riches in English:


plural noun

  • 1Material wealth:

    ‘riches beyond their wildest dreams’
    • ‘But it remains to be seen whether or not Khan will be able to resist the lure of riches for long enough to win his gold medal in three and a half years time.’
    • ‘Someone in your position is unlikely to have hundreds of thousands to invest, so the road to riches will be a long one.’
    • ‘He also needs the money, for the glamour and riches of, say, Formula One or even the upper echelons of bike racing, are beyond him.’
    • ‘Imagine going out to dinner with a charming man who promises you riches and glory beyond your wildest dreams.’
    • ‘This proves the point that wealth is not as good as work, nor riches as good as earnings.’
    • ‘His skills have brought him adulation and riches beyond belief.’
    • ‘Many frittered away their riches or became entangled in wealth-sapping legal disputes.’
    • ‘It does not bring riches in the immediate present, but it does bring wealth in the future.’
    • ‘The public saw this as a chance to join in the capitalist race for riches, but the scheme collapsed taking the savings of the gullible with it.’
    • ‘He had only £2.75 in his pocket but now he has riches beyond his wildest dreams.’
    • ‘But whatever this is, it is not an example of riches earned by writing.’
    • ‘Together they have added to their riches by investing in property.’
    • ‘He has achieved it without sponsorship, riches or public acclaim.’
    • ‘A record number in the list made their riches from land and property, up five from the previous year.’
    • ‘More than ever, it seems, we need proof that material riches can't buy love and contentment.’
    • ‘But though the conquests brought riches, they also brought grave problems.’
    • ‘Materialistic types can turn the page because there are no riches awaiting the winner.’
    • ‘He did so driven by passion rather than dreams of fortune and riches.’
    • ‘His status as a friend of royalty undoubtedly earned him great wealth, riches and national prominence.’
    • ‘Setting up your own business is one of the best ways to get started on the road to riches and you don't have to be a Richard Branson-type either.’
    money, wealth, funds, cash, hard cash, wherewithal, means, assets, liquid assets, capital, resources, reserves, deep pockets
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    1. 1.1 Valuable or abundant resources:
      ‘the riches of the world's waters’
      ‘the riches of the Serbian oral tradition’
      • ‘I can gaze at Mexico City which has pulled in the riches of Mexico's interior, both in people and customs.’
      • ‘Solid, intelligent performances all round, and a very good start to a project that promises more riches and insights to come.’
      • ‘They realised that land further away might also have riches in them that would make Rome even more wealthy.’
      • ‘This chapter has dealt exclusively with Durkheim's first masterpiece, but it has not done justice to all its riches.’
      • ‘He won a sizeable chunk of India, the land whose riches had triggered Europe's Age of Exploration.’
      • ‘All of these masterpieces are in the same - first - room, so you can imagine the riches of the total exhibition.’
      • ‘These spiritual blessings form a substantial part of Christ's riches.’
      • ‘This hypothesis contradicts the view that people fight to secure control over environmental riches.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in his team he has an abundance of footballing riches at his disposal.’
      • ‘So we have come to cash this check - a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the Europeans continue to benefit from the riches of Africa while claiming to be providing aid.’
      • ‘Pages xx to xxii of the Prologue provide an overview of the wealth of riches to follow.’
      • ‘Niger Delta residents are among the poorest in Nigeria, despite the riches pumped from their soil.’
      • ‘Common to all the entries is the author's delight in the riches of our surviving heritage.’
      • ‘Yet the only real hope for the Sahrawis may now be the foreign oil companies competing to exploit the riches off the Atlantic seaboard.’
      • ‘Or is it one of those juicily promising titles that holds out the prospect of bizarre riches only to offer mediocrity?’
      • ‘Sign up to Gary Price's excellent ResourceShelf to look at the riches available to you beyond Google.’
      • ‘And I have no doubt that my father was singing of his experiences that night - of all the riches life held for him.’
      • ‘Perhaps these countries realize that because they also have natural riches they will be the USA's next target.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, for all its riches Apocalypse Now was fundamentally flawed by its resolution.’
      resources, bounty, jewels, gems, valuables, masterpieces, pride, cornucopia
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Middle English: variant (later interpreted as a plural form) of archaic richesse, from Old French richeise (from riche rich).