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affluent

[af-loo-uh nt or, often, uh-floo-] /ˈæf lu ənt or, often, əˈflu-/
adjective
1.
having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods; prosperous; rich:
an affluent person.
2.
abounding in anything; abundant.
3.
flowing freely:
an affluent fountain.
noun
4.
a tributary stream.
5.
an affluent person:
a luxurious resort appealing to young affluents.
Origin of affluent
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin affluent- (stem of affluēns rich; orig. present participle of affluere), equivalent to af- af- + flu- flow + -ent -ent
Related forms
affluently, adverb
nonaffluent, adjective
subaffluent, adjective
subaffluently, adverb
superaffluent, adjective
superaffluently, adverb
unaffluent, adjective
Synonyms
1. See rich. 2. teeming.
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  • His idea was to establish a man at once,—easy, affluent, and independent.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • The forest clearing has expanded into affluent commonwealths.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner
  • His equipage was then splendid, and suitable69 to his affluent circumstances.

  • Am I an orphan, as has been told me; or have I parents yet living, affluent, and high in society?

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • There is a suggestion of affluent orientalism that attracts strongly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for affluent

affluent

/ˈæflʊənt/
adjective
1.
rich; wealthy
2.
abundant; copious
3.
flowing freely
noun
4.
(archaic) a tributary stream
Word Origin
C15: from Latin affluent-, present participle of affluere to flow towards, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for affluent
adj.

mid-15c., "flowing," from Middle French affluent (14c.) or directly from Latin affluentem (nominative affluens) "flowing toward, abounding, rich, copious," present participle of affluere "flow toward," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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