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Pronunciation: /wɛlθ
 
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Definition of wealth in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1An abundance of valuable possessions or money: he used his considerable wealth to bribe officials
More example sentences
  • Such work has most often been done with the papers of men of national importance or considerable wealth whose papers were substantial.
  • Considered a good people manager, he is a man of considerable private wealth and property.
  • Class evolved through the possession of wealth and property.
Synonyms
affluence, prosperity, opulence, riches, means, substance, luxury, well-being, plenty, deep pockets;
money, cash, lucre, capital, principal, treasure, fortune, finance;
assets, possessions, resources, effects, goods, funds, valuables;
property, stock, reserves, securities, holdings, belongings, chattels;
ill-gotten gains
informal wherewithal, dough, bread
archaic pelf
1.1The state of being rich; material prosperity: some people buy boats and cars to display their wealth
More example sentences
  • Traditionally, material comfort, wealth, and security are the least of the concerns of forest dwellers.
  • I dislike the fur trade when it exists in order for rich women to display their wealth, and am in favour of it when it helps not-rich people to stay warm in cold places.
1.2Plentiful supplies of a particular resource: the country’s mineral wealth
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  • His mismanagement of the economy and his corruption exacerbated the poverty of the population, which was thus unable to benefit from the country's wealth in mineral resources.
  • We haven't used the massive resources that have been made available by mineral and petroleum wealth over the last 15 years, and those projects are all coming to an end.
  • Those resources might be land or industry or mineral wealth or the environment.
2 [in singular] A plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing: the tables and maps contain a wealth of information
More example sentences
  • ‘We supply them with a wealth of information twice a month,’ she said.
  • And it supplies a wealth of advice on deciding whether to go solo in the first place.
  • Researchers and community activists supplied conference participants with a wealth of ideas.
Synonyms
abundance, profusion, plethora, mine, store, treasury, copiousness, plenitude, amplitude, bounty, cornucopia
informal lot, load, heap, mass, pile, mountain, ocean, sea, stack, ton
British informal shedload
Australian/New Zealand informal swag
vulgar slang shitload
North American vulgar slang assload
3 archaic Well-being.

Origin

Middle English welthe, from well1 or weal2, on the pattern of health.

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  • well from (Old English):

    The well meaning ‘in a good way’ and well ‘shaft giving access to water’ are different Old English words. The first provides the first half of welfare (Middle English). The start of welcome (Old English), on the other hand, is from another Old English element, wil- meaning ‘pleasure’—welcome originally meant ‘a person whose arrival is pleasing’. Wealth (Middle English) has a basic sense of ‘well-being’, being formed from well in the same way that health (Old English) is formed from hale ( see wassail). The title of Shakespeare's comedy All's Well that Ends Well was already an old saying when he wrote the play at the beginning of the 17th century. The first record of the proverb is as early as 1250. People have been well endowed only since the 1950s, but men could be well-hung in the early 17th century. At this time it meant ‘having large ears’ as well as ‘having a large penis’. The well you get water from is Old English wella ‘spring of water’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘boil, bubble up’,

Words that rhyme with wealth

health, stealth

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