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.

Nearby words

  1. prosper,
  2. prosperity,
  3. prosperity gospel,
  4. prospermia,
  5. prospero,
  6. prosperously,
  7. prosphora,
  8. prosphoron,
  9. pross,
  10. prosser

Origin of prosperous

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prosperus

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British Dictionary definitions for prosperous



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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