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From Middle English welth, welthe, weolthe ‎(happiness, prosperity), from Old English *welþ, *weleþu, from Proto-Germanic *waliþō ‎(wealth). Alternatively, possibly an 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 *walô ‎(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.


wealth ‎(usually uncountable, plural wealths)

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


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