[ pro-sper-i-tee ]
/ prɒˈspɛr ɪ ti /

noun, plural pros·per·i·ties.

a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
prosperities, prosperous circumstances, characterized by financial success or good fortune.

Nearby words

  1. prospective,
  2. prospectively,
  3. prospector,
  4. prospectus,
  5. prosper,
  6. prosperity gospel,
  7. prospermia,
  8. prospero,
  9. prosperous,
  10. prosperously

Origin of prosperity

1175–1225; Middle English prosperite < Old French < Latin prosperitās. See prosperous, -ity

Related formsnon·pros·per·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prosperities

  • When the morning dawned, the Prosperities had already taken up a permanent abode with the family.

    Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote
  • The Ashṭalakshmîs—the Eight Prosperities—entered the town that night and went house by house into every street.

    Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote

British Dictionary definitions for prosperities


/ (prɒˈspɛrɪtɪ) /


the condition of prospering; success or wealth
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Word Origin and History for prosperities



c.1200, from Old French prosprete (12c., Modern French prospérité) and directly from Latin prosperitatem (nominative prosperitas) "good fortune," from prosperus (see prosper).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper