Definition of riches noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɪtʃɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪtʃɪz//
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  • large amounts of money and valuable or beautiful possessions a career that brought him fame and riches material riches She was a famous model whose looks were her riches. all the riches of the world’s oceans
  • Word OriginMiddle English: variant (later interpreted as a plural form) of archaic richesse, from Old French richeise (from riche ‘rich’).Idioms
    an embarrassment of riches
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    so many good things that it is difficult to choose just one Stratford has an embarrassment of riches, really, what with three theatres and lovely countryside, too.
    from being extremely poor to being very rich a rags-to-riches story Hers was a classic tale of rags to riches.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: riches