adjective af·flu·ent \ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ənt also a-ˈflü- or ə-\

: having a large amount of money and owning many expensive things

Full Definition of AFFLUENT

:  flowing in abundance <affluent streams> <affluent creativity>
:  having a generously sufficient and typically increasing supply of material possessions <our affluent society>
af·flu·ent·ly adverb

Examples of AFFLUENT

  1. His family was more affluent than most.
  2. <he is affluent and can afford to send his children to the best schools>
  3. The store catered to a mostly affluent clientele that was relatively price insensitive, so we could afford to pay our suppliers a premium for the very best fish. The shop also developed a significant wholesale business, and soon the great and the good of London gastronomy were flocking to our door. —Frances Percival, Saveur, March 2008

Origin of AFFLUENT

Middle English, from Latin affluent-, affluens, present participle of affluere to flow to, flow abundantly, from ad- + fluere to flow — more at fluid
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of AFFLUENT

rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires <became rich through shrewd investing>. wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things <wealthy landowners>. affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth <an affluent society>. opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people <an opulent mansion>.


noun af·flu·ent \ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ənt also a-ˈflü- or ə-\

Definition of AFFLUENT

:  a tributary stream
:  a wealthy or affluent person

Examples of AFFLUENT

  1. <the Nipigon and the St. Louis rivers are affluents of Lake Superior>

Origin of AFFLUENT

(see 1affluent)
First Known Use: 1818

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with AFFLUENT

AFFLUENT Defined for Kids


adjective af·flu·ent \ˈa-ˌflü-ənt\

Definition of AFFLUENT for Kids

:  having plenty of money and expensive things :  wealthy <an affluent family>


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