Definition of embarras de richesse in US English:

embarras de richesse

(also embarras de richesses, embaras de richesse, embaras de richesses)


  • Originally: (the state of having) an overwhelming or encumbering excess of wealth, resources, or options. In later use also in neutral or positive sense (sometimes with of): an abundance, plethora, profusion.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Stanhope (1694–1773), politician and diplomatist. Originally from French L'embarras des richesses, the title of a comedy by L.-J.-C. Soûlas d'Allainval from le the + embarras + des of the + richesses, plural of richesse.


embarras de richesse

/ɒmbəˌrɑː də rɪˈʃɛs/