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

Simple Definition of affluent

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affluent

  1. 1 :  flowing in abundance <affluent streams> <affluent creativity>

  2. 2 :  having a generously sufficient and typically increasing supply of material possessions <our affluent society>

affluently adverb

Examples of affluent in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. A recent crop of books and articles give voice to this complaint. They happen to be written by journalists who are also well-educated and affluent mothers, but when it comes to parental discontent they are not alone. —Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Commonweal, 16 June 2006

  3. The Bay Area, which encompasses the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, as well as surrounding areas, is one of the nation's most affluent regions: More than 40% of the area's residents have annual household income of at least $75,000, versus only 25% in the country's other top 50 markets, according to Scarborough Research. —Eileen Davis Hudson et al., Editor & Publisher, 1 Oct. 2001

  4. His family was more affluent than most.

  5. <he is affluent and can afford to send his children to the best schools>

Did You Know?

Are your coffers overflowing? Is your cash flow more than adequate? Are your assets fluid? If so, you can consider yourself affluent. Affluent is all about flow—that is to say, it's based on the Latin word for "flow," which is fluere. (Some other fluere descendants are confluence, fluctuate, fluid, influence, mellifluous, and superfluous.) The older sense of affluent refers, both literally and figuratively, to an abundant flow, as in "an affluent fountain" or "affluent joy." The use of "affluent fortune" for an abundant flow of money is what likely led to the use of affluent as a synonym of wealthy.

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

  1. 1 :  a tributary stream

  2. 2 :  a wealthy or affluent person

Examples of affluent in a sentence

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

Origin of affluent

(see 1affluent)

First Known Use: 1818

Rhymes with affluent

AFFLUENT Defined for Kids


adjective af·flu·ent \ˈa-ˌflü-ənt\

Definition of affluent for Students

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

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