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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: weal 'good condition of life, prosperity' (11-19 centuries), from Old English wela


wealth W3
1 [uncountable] a large amount of money, property etc that a person or country owns:
The country's wealth comes from its oil.
the distribution of wealth (=the way wealth is divided among the people of a country or society)
The purpose of industry is to create wealth.

a wealth of something

a lot of something useful or good:
There is a wealth of information available about pregnancy and birth.

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