Rich·es n. pl.
1. That which makes one rich; an abundance of land, goods, money, or other property; wealth; opulence; affluence.
Riches do not consist in having more gold and silver, but in having more in proportion, than our neighbors. --Locke.
2. That which appears rich, sumptuous, precious, or the like.
The riche of heaven's pavement, trodden gold. --Milton.
Note: ☞ Richesse, the older form of this word, was in the singular number. The form riches, however, is plural in appearance, and has now come to be used as a plural.
Against the richesses of this world shall they have misease of poverty. --Chaucer.
In one hour so great riches is come to nought. --Rev. xviii. 17.
And for that riches where is my deserving? --Shak.
Syn: -- Wealth; opulence; affluence; wealthiness; richness; plenty; abundance.
n : an abundance of material possessions and resources [syn: wealth]