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riches Line breaks: riches
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪtʃɪz/

Definition of riches in English:

plural noun

1Material wealth: riches beyond their wildest dreams
More example sentences
  • His status as a friend of royalty undoubtedly earned him great wealth, riches and national prominence.
  • More than ever, it seems, we need proof that material riches can't buy love and contentment.
  • His skills have brought him adulation and riches beyond belief.
Synonyms
opulence, gold, property, treasure, affluence, substance, prosperity
informaldough, bread, loot, the ready, readies, shekels, moolah, the necessary, boodle, dibs, gelt, ducats, rhino, gravy, scratch, stuff, oof
British informaldosh, brass, lolly, spondulicks, wonga, ackers
North American informalgreenbacks, simoleons, bucks, jack, mazuma, dinero
Australian/New Zealand informalOscar
informal, , datedsplosh, green, tin
British datedl.s.d.
North American informal, , datedkale, rocks, shinplasters
archaicpelf
1.1Valuable or abundant resources: the riches of the world’s waters the riches of the Serbian oral tradition
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  • Elsewhere in his team he has an abundance of footballing riches at his disposal.
  • Pages xx to xxii of the Prologue provide an overview of the wealth of riches to follow.
  • Sign up to Gary Price's excellent ResourceShelf to look at the riches available to you beyond Google.
Synonyms
resources, treasure(s), bounty, jewels, gems, valuables, masterpieces, pride, cornucopia

Origin

Middle English: variant (later interpreted as a plural form) of archaic richesse, from Old French richeise (from riche 'rich').

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