af·​flu·​ence | \ ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ən(t)s How to pronounce affluence (audio) also a-ˈflü- How to pronounce affluence (audio) or ə- \

Definition of affluence

1a : abundance of property : wealth rose from poverty to affluence
b : an abundant flow or supply : profusion … to attain that breadth and height, that wealth of muscle, that affluence of flesh.— Charlotte Brontë
2 : a flowing to or toward a point : influx

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What is the origin of affluence?

Affluence comes from the Latin verb affluere, "to flow abundantly". Thus, someone or something blessed with affluence has received an incoming flood of riches. Since the affluent residents of suburbs often work in the central city but pay taxes back home, the wealth of some metropolitan areas tends to flow in one direction—out.

Examples of affluence in a Sentence

this affluence of new students is straining an already crowded school system
Recent Examples on the Web His father and grandfather operated a plumbing business that brought the family a degree of affluence until the Depression. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Key to this is capitalizing on China’s rising affluence and its plans to create an economic powerhouse by linking Hong Kong closer to mainland cities such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou in the Greater Bay Area. Donal Griffin, Fortune, 4 June 2021 Many in the West view solar panels as a sign of affluence, and wealthy countries like the United States have invested billions of dollars to promote alternative energy., 15 May 2021 Many in the West view solar panels as a sign of affluence, and wealthy countries like the United States have invested billions of dollars to promote alternative energy. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Unlike early vaccination rates, which tended to be higher in richer areas, our analysis found that a ZIP code’s affluence did not correlate with how much its vaccination rate had slowed down. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 In a county that stretches almost 500 square miles, some schools are nestled in poorer neighborhoods and others in swaths of affluence. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The spaces project order and calm, and rely on a visual vocabulary of affluence, indulgence, and restraint. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 6 May 2021 During lockdown we’ve been more exposed to affluence on social media. Tiffany Philippou,, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of affluence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for affluence

Middle English, "abundance, profusion," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin affluentia, noun derivative of affluent-, affluens affluent entry 1 — more at -ence

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The first known use of affluence was in the 14th century

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4 Jul 2021

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“Affluence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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af·​flu·​ence | \ ˈa-ˌflü-əns How to pronounce affluence (audio) \

Kids Definition of affluence

: the state of having much money and expensive things : wealth

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