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  1. prosperous; rich.
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Origin of well-to-do

First recorded in 1815–25


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  • It is the superintendent of the factory in our village—a man rich, or, at any rate, well-to-do.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • At the present day the poor have more children than the well-to-do.

  • In France, especially, well-to-do people often limit their families to two.

  • Have the children of the well-to-do been backward in volunteering?

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • And, are not the children of the well-to-do conscripted equally with the children of the poor?

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

British Dictionary definitions for well-to-do


  1. moderately wealthy
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