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[pros-per-uh s] /ˈprɒs pər əs/
having or characterized by financial success or good fortune; flourishing; successful:
a prosperous business.
well-to-do or well-off:
a prosperous family.
favorable or propitious.
Origin of prosperous
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prosperus
Related forms
prosperously, adverb
prosperousness, noun
nonprosperous, adjective
nonprosperously, adverb
nonprosperousness, noun
overprosperous, adjective
overprosperously, adverb
overprosperousness, noun
pseudoprosperous, adjective
pseudoprosperously, adverb
quasi-prosperous, adjective
quasi-prosperously, adverb
superprosperous, adjective
unprosperous, adjective
unprosperously, adverb
unprosperousness, noun
1. thriving. 2. wealthy, rich. 3. fortunate, lucky, auspicious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prosperous
Historical Examples
  • At prosperous the barracks were burnt, and nearly all the soldiers killed.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • prosperous or wretched, her destiny henceforth was linked with another.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • Protestants remembered the foul play at prosperous; the rebels swore to avenge the treachery at the Curragh.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • prosperous communities sprang up in eastern Oregon and Washington.

  • Now concerning the city toronto this city is Beautiful and prosperous Levele city.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • "prosperous voyage," said the third officer wheezily, and I murmured something to the same effect.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • prosperous and sheltered as her youth had been, she had, up to this time, apprehended scarcely anything of the real drama of life.

    A Venetian June

    Anna Fuller
  • prosperous Barcelona swarms with mechanics and artisans, and that is one reason why Barcelona is disorderly.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • prosperous old gentlemen pacing home, rotund in their buttoned-up coats, had clear drops at the end of their noses.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • prosperous districts with a teeming population have been reduced to desert wastes.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan Rudolf C. Slatin
British Dictionary definitions for prosperous


flourishing; prospering
rich; affluent; wealthy
favourable or promising
Derived Forms
prosperously, adverb
prosperousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prosperous

early 15c., "tending to bring success," from prosper + -ous, or else from obsolete Middle French prospereus (15c.), from prosperer. The sense of "flourishing" is first recorded late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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