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 It’s about the image of affluence, not the cultural baggage. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 28 Aug. 2022 Released on June 28, 1992, what made Boomerang most special was not its comedic genius, but Murphy and Hudlin’s portrayal of African Americans of affluence. Okla Jones, Essence, 28 June 2022 The city expanded west right at the time that wall-to-wall carpeting became a symbol of affluence, refinement and taste. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 What undid Horn & Hardart were the trends that transformed America in the years after World War II: suburbanization, growing affluence, inflation. Mark Feeney,, 12 May 2022 At least one forthcoming business has been staked in explicitly by the affluence of the neighborhood. Lysandra Ohrstrom, Curbed, 30 Nov. 2021 For one thing, the investment can be regarded as a new way for public figures to flaunt their social status and affluence. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Might those subjects, which have a lot to do with status and comparison and affluence, feed ways of thinking that are disempowering? David Marchese, New York Times, 20 May 2022 Being an Asplundh certainly is no guarantee of affluence. Matt Durot, Forbes, 4 June 2022 See More

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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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“Affluence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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