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From Middle English riches, plural of riche (“power, wealth”), from Old English r??e (“power, authority, dominion”). Confused with Middle English richesse (“wealth”), from Old French richesse, from riche (“rich, wealthy”), of Germanic origin, from Frankish r?ki (“rich”) from Proto-Germanic *r?kijaz (“rich, powerful”), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“to straighten, direct, make right”). Akin to Old High German r?hhi (“rich”) (German reich (“rich”)), Old English r??e (“rich”), Old English racu (“explanation, reasoning”). More at rich.
riches pl (plural only)