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.

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 prosperity

Contemporary Examples of prosperity

Historical Examples of prosperity

  • Prosperity has followed in the wake of this educational development.

    The New Education

    Scott Nearing

  • Prosperity can not come to you if you are all the time driving it away from you by your poverty thought.

    The Victorious Attitude

    Orison Swett Marden

  • Prosperity, greater than the country had ever known, prevailed everywhere in the North throughout the last two years of the War.

    The Age of Big Business

    Burton J. Hendrick

  • You can go from me, but I cannot go from you; I can never leave you as long as you remain in the palace of Prosperity.

  • Prosperity, it was very evident, was not to be achieved in that fashion.

    A Damaged Reputation

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for prosperity



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

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

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