wealth

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

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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