affluent

[ af-loo-uh nt or, often, uh-floo- ]
/ ˈæf lu ənt or, often, əˈflu- /

adjective

having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods; prosperous; rich: an affluent person.
abounding in anything; abundant.
flowing freely: an affluent fountain.

noun

a tributary stream.
an affluent person: a luxurious resort appealing to young affluents.

Nearby words

  1. affliction,
  2. afflictive,
  3. afflictively,
  4. affluence,
  5. affluency,
  6. affluent society,
  7. affluential,
  8. affluenza,
  9. afflux,
  10. affogato

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

SYNONYMS FOR affluent
1. See rich. 2. teeming.

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British Dictionary definitions for affluent

affluent

/ (ˈæflʊənt) /

adjective

rich; wealthy
abundant; copious
flowing freely

noun

archaic a tributary stream

Word Origin for affluent

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

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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