[ pros-per-uhs ]
/ 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

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prosperus
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British Dictionary definitions for prosperous


/ (ˈprɒspərəs) /


flourishing; prospering
rich; affluent; wealthy
favourable or promising
Derived Formsprosperously, adverbprosperousness, 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.

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