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affluent

[af-loo-uh nt or, often, uh-floo-]
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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.
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noun
  1. a tributary stream.
  2. an affluent person: a luxurious resort appealing to young affluents.
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Origin of affluent

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 formsaf·flu·ent·ly, adverbnon·af·flu·ent, adjectivesub·af·flu·ent, adjectivesub·af·flu·ent·ly, adverbsu·per·af·flu·ent, adjectivesu·per·af·flu·ent·ly, adverbun·af·flu·ent, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See rich. 2. teeming.
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  • His idea was to establish a man at once,—easy, affluent, and independent.

  • 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

adjective
  1. rich; wealthy
  2. abundant; copious
  3. flowing freely
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noun
  1. archaic a tributary stream
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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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