affluence

noun af·flu·ence \ ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ən(t)s also a-ˈflü- or ə- \

Definition of affluence

1 a :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

Examples of affluence in a Sentence

  1. this affluence of new students is straining an already crowded school system

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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.

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AFFLUENCE Defined for Kids

affluence

noun af·flu·ence \ ˈa-ˌflü-əns \

Definition of affluence for Students

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


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