wealth

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English welth, welthe, weolthe (happiness, prosperity), alteration (due to similar words in -th: compare helth (health), derth (dearth)) of wele (wealth, well-being, weal), from Old English wela (wealth, prosperity), from Proto-Germanic *welô (well-being, prosperity), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (good, best), equivalent to weal +‎ -th. Cognate with Dutch weelde (wealth), Low German weelde (wealth), Old High German welida, welitha (wealth). Related also to German Wohl (welfare, well-being, weal), Danish vel (weal, welfare), Swedish väl (well-being, weal). More at weal, well.

NounEdit

wealth (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Weal; welfare; prosperity; good; well-being; happiness; joy.
  2. Riches; valuable material possessions.
  3. A great amount; an abundance or plenty.
    She brings a wealth of knowledge to the project.
  4. Power, of the kind associated with a great deal of money.

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 17:54